Definition of bury verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



; ˈberi
buries, burying, buried, buried

dead person

1 bury somebody/something to place a dead body in a graveHe was buried in Highgate Cemetery. (figurative) Their ambitions were finally dead and buried.2 bury somebody (old-fashioned) to lose somebody by deathShe's 85 and has buried three husbands.

hide in ground

3 bury something to hide something in the groundburied treasureThe dog had buried its bone in the garden.


4 [often passive] to cover somebody/something with soil, rocks, leaves, etcbury somebody/something The house was buried under ten feet of snow.bury somebody/something + adjective The miners were buried alive when the tunnel collapsed.5 bury something to cover something so that it cannot be seenYour letter got buried under a pile of papers.He buried his face in his hands and wept.

hide feeling

6 bury something to ignore or hide a feeling, a mistake, etcShe had learnt to bury her feelings.

put deeply into something

7 bury something (in something) to put something deeply into something elseHe walked slowly, his hands buried in his pockets.She always has her head buried in a book.

bury the hatchet


bury your differences

to stop being unfriendly and become friends again
After not speaking to each other for years, the two brothers decided to bury the hatchet.
more at bury/hide your head in the sand at head n.
Phrasal verbs

bury yourself in something

1 to give all your attention to somethingSince she left, he's buried himself in his work.2 to go to or be in a place where you will not meet many peopleShe buried herself in the country to write a book.