Definition of fare noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//feə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fer//
    Plane travel, Train and bus travel
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the money that you pay to travel by bus, plane, taxi, etc. bus/taxi fares train/rail fares Children travel (at) half fare. When do they start paying full fare? see also airfare Synonymsratecharge fee rent fine fare toll rentalThese are all words for an amount of money that is charged or paid for something.rate a fixed amount of money that is asked or paid for something:a low hourly rate of pay interest ratescharge an amount of money that is asked for goods or services:an admission chargefee (rather formal) an amount of money that you have to pay for professional advice or services, to go to a school or college, or to join an organization:legal fees an annual membership fee rent an amount of money that you regularly have to pay for use of a building or room. In American English, rent can be used to mean rental:The weekly rent on the car was over $300.fine a sum of money that must be paid as punishment for breaking a law or rule:a parking finefare the money that you pay to travel by bus, plane, taxi, etc.toll an amount of money that you have to pay to use a particular road or bridge.rental an amount of money that you have to pay to use something for a particular period of time.rent or rental?In British English rent is only money paid to use a building or room: for other items use rental. In American English rent can be used for both, but rental is still more common for other items.Patterns (a) rate/​charge/​fee/​rent/​fine/​fare/​toll/​rental for something (a) rate/​charge/​fee/​rent/​toll/​rental on something at a rate/​charge/​fee/​rent/​fare/​rental of… for a charge/​fee to pay (a) rate/​charge/​fee/​rent/​fine/​fare/​toll/​rental to charge (a) rate/​fee/​rent/​fare/​toll/​rental See related entries: Plane travel, Train and bus travel
  2. 2[countable] a passenger in a taxi The taxi driver picked up a fare at the station.
  3. 3[uncountable] (old-fashioned or formal) food that is offered as a meal The restaurant provides good traditional fare. (figurative) His student drawings were not standard art school fare.
  4. Word OriginOld English fær, faru ‘travelling, a journey or expedition’, faran ‘to travel’, also ‘get on (well or badly’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch varen and German fahren ‘to travel’, Old Norse ferja ‘ferry boat’, also to ford. Senses 1 and 2 of the noun stem from an earlier meaning ‘a journey for which a price is paid’. Noun sense 3 was originally used with reference to the quality or quantity of food provided, probably from the idea of faring well or badly.Extra examples Children travel at half fare. Court trials involving famous people are the daily fare of newspapers. He faces charges of dodging taxi fares. I’m afraid you will have to pay the full fare. Last-minute fares start at $219 each way. Round-trip fares range from $118 to $258. The airline has introduced a cheap fare to New York. The band’s music was standard rock fare. The company is promising reductions in fares. The fare will cost you less if you travel midweek. The return fare will cost you less than two single tickets. The taxi driver picked up a fare outside the opera house. They caught him trying to dodge bus fares. This movie is perfect family fare. a restaurant serving traditional Scottish fare a simplified fare structure a special fare deal for air travellers air fares slashed by a massive 30% tourists seeing the sights and sampling the local Mexican fare Cheap fares mean using your car is unnecessary. Do you want the standard fare or the first-class fare? Fare dodgers will be dealt with severely. Fares can be expensive in the city. Fares have been increased by 10%. How much is the return/​single fare? I spend about £40 a week on fares. Pay your fare at the ticket office. Round-trip fare from New York to Cincinnati is $229. The new mayor has promised to reduce fares on all buses and trains. The restaurant serves good traditional fare. a bus/​taxi/​rail/​air fare one-way fare
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