- (UK, US) enPR: bĕ'-ri, IPA(key): /ˈbɛ.ɹi/, /ˈbɜ.ɹi/
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- Rhymes: -ɛɹi
- Homophone: berry
- (Scotland) IPA(key): /ˈbʌ.ɹi/ (also used by some outside Scotland)
- (Middlesbrough) IPA(key): /ˈbʊ.ɹi/
Middle English burien, berien, from Old English byrġan, from Proto-Germanic *burgijaną (“to keep safe”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰergʰ- (“to defend, protect”). Cognate with Icelandic byrgja (“to cover, shut; to hold in”); West Frisian bergje (“to keep”), German bergen (“to save/rescue something”); also Albanian mburojë (“shield”), Eastern Lithuanian bir̃ginti (“to save, spare”), Russian бере́чь (beréčʹ, “to spare”), Ossetian ӕмбӕрзын (æmbærzyn, “to cover”).
- (transitive) To ritualistically inter in a grave or tomb.
- (transitive) To place in the ground.
- bury a bone; bury the embers
- (transitive, often figurative) To hide or conceal as if by covering with earth or another substance.
- 2017 June 29, Mark, Eugene, “Time to Truly Understand Thailand’s 1932 Revolution”, in The Diplomat, Diplomat Media Inc., retrieved 2020-06-23:
- The Thai government has been trying to bury the memory of the revolution that gave birth to democracy in Thailand.
- she buried her face in the pillow; they buried us in paperwork
- (transitive, figurative) To suppress and hide away in one's mind.
- secrets kept buried; she buried her shame and put on a smiling face.
- (transitive, figurative) To put an end to; to abandon.
- They buried their argument and shook hands.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Give me a bowl of wine. / In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius.
- (transitive, figurative) To score a goal.
- 2011 January 25, Paul Fletcher, “Arsenal 3-0 Ipswich (agg. 3-1)”, in BBC:
- You could feel the relief after Bendtner collected Wilshere's raking pass before cutting inside Carlos Edwards and burying his shot beyond Fulop.
- (transitive, figurative, slang) To kill or murder.
- To render imperceptible by other, more prominent stimuli; drown out.
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bury (plural buries)
bury (plural buries)
- A borough; a manor
bury m anim
- (regional) bear (ursid)
- bury in Polish dictionaries at PWN