- (UK, US) enPR: bĕ'-ri, IPA(key): /ˈbɛ.ɹi/, /ˈbɜ.ɹi/
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- Rhymes: -ɛri Rhymes: -ɛɹi
- Homophone: berry
- (Scotland) IPA(key): /ˈbʌ.ɹi/ (also used by some outside Scotland)
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 *bʰergʰ- (“to defend, preserve, protect, save, take care of”), *bʰr̥ĝʰ (compare Albanian mburojë (“shield”), Lithuanian (Eastern) 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.. Related to bergh.
- (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.
- 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.
- 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, slang) To kill or murder.
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bury (plural buries)
- (obsolete) A burrow.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175, page 071:
- Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
bury (plural buries)
- A borough; a manor