- (UK, US) enPR: bĕ'-ri, IPA(key): /ˈbɛ.ɹi/, /ˈbɜ.ɹi/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɛɹi
- Homophone: berry
- (Scotland) IPA(key): /ˈbʌ.ɹi/ (also used by some outside Scotland)
- (Middlesbrough and Lancashire) 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”).
The spelling with ⟨u⟩ represents the pronunciation of the West Midland and Southern dialects, while the Modern English pronunciation with /ɛ/ is from the Kentish dialects.
- (transitive) To ritualistically inter in a grave or tomb.
- (transitive) To place in the ground.
- bury a bone; bury the embers
- (transitive, often figuratively) 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, figuratively) To suppress and hide away in one's mind.
- secrets kept buried; she buried her shame and put on a smiling face.
- (transitive, figuratively) To put an end to; to abandon.
- They buried their argument and shook hands.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius 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, figuratively) 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, figuratively, slang) To kill or murder.
- To render imperceptible by other, more prominent stimuli; drown out.
- (transitive, figuratively, humorous) To outlive.
- Grandpa's still in excellent health. He'll bury us all!
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
bury (plural buries)
bury (plural buries)
- A borough; a manor
bury m anim
- (regional) bear (ursid)
- bury in Polish dictionaries at PWN