• Bury


    • UK enPR: bĕ'-ri, IPA: /ˈbɛ.ɹi/
    • Rhymes: -ɛri
    • Homophones: berry
    • Rhymes: -ɛɹi

    Origin 1

    Middle English burien, berien, from Old English byrġan, from Proto-Germanic *burgijaną (cf. Old Norse byrgja ‘to close’), from *berganą ("to protect, shelter") (cf. Old English beorgan, West Frisian bergje ‘to keep’, German bergen ‘to save/rescue something’), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerĝʰ, *bʰr̥ĝʰ (cf. Albanian mburojë ("shield"), Lithuanian (Eastern) bir̃ginti ‘to save, spare’, Russian беречь ‘to spare’, Ossetian æмбæрзын (æmbærzyn, "to cover").

    Full definition of bury


    1. (transitive) To ritualistically inter in a grave or tomb.
    2. (transitive) To place in the ground.
      bury a bone;  bury the embers
    3. (transitive, often figurative) To hide or conceal as if by covering with earth or another substance.
      • 2013-06-29, High and wet, Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale....Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
    4. she buried her face in the pillow;  they buried us in paperwork
    5. (transitive, figuratively) To suppress and hide away in one's mind.
      secrets kept hidden; she hid her shame and put on a smiling face.
    6. (transitive, figuratively) To put an end to; to abandon.
      They buried their argument and shook hands.
      • ShakespeareGive me a bowl of wine.
        In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius.
    7. (transitive, figuratively) To score a goal.
      • 2011, January 25, Paul Fletcher, Arsenal 3-0 Ipswich (agg. 3-1), You could feel the relief after Bendtner collected Wilshere's raking pass before cutting inside Carlos Edwards and burying his shot beyond Fulop.
    8. (transitive, slang) To kill or murder.

    Derived terms

    Origin 2

    See borough.



    (plural buries)
    1. A borough; a manor
      • 1843, , , book 2, ch. 5, "Twelfth Century"Indisputable, though very dim to modern vision, rests on its hill-slope that same Bury, Stow, or Town of St. Edmund; already a considerable place, not without traffic


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