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See also: Bury and -bury



Etymology 1[edit]

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


bury (third-person singular simple present buries, present participle burying, simple past and past participle buried)

  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 figuratively) To hide or conceal as if by covering with earth or another substance.
    • 2013 June 29, “High and wet”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28: 
      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.
    she buried her face in the pillow;  they buried us in paperwork
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To suppress and hide away in one's mind.
    secrets kept hidden; she hid her shame and put on a smiling face.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To put an end to; to abandon.
    They buried their argument and shook hands.
    • Shakespeare
      Give me a bowl of wine. / In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius.
  6. (transitive, figuratively) To score a goal.
    • 2011 January 25, Paul Fletcher, “Arsenal 3-0 Ipswich (agg. 3-1)”, BBC:
      You could feel the relief after Bendtner collected Wilshere's raking pass before cutting inside Carlos Edwards and burying his shot beyond Fulop.
  7. (transitive, slang) To kill or murder.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See borough.


bury (plural buries)

  1. A borough; a manor
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, 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




From English bury. Replacing native form bery.



tae bury (third-person singular simple present buries, present participle buryin, simple past buriet, past participle buriet)

  1. (transitive) to bury