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



    BrE BrE//ˈberi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈberi//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bury
    BrE BrE//ˈberi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈberi//
    he / she / it buries
    BrE BrE//ˈberiz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈberiz//
    past simple buried
    BrE BrE//ˈberid//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈberid//
    past participle buried
    BrE BrE//ˈberid//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈberid//
    -ing form burying
    BrE BrE//ˈberiɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈberiɪŋ//
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    dead person
  1. 1  bury somebody/something to place a dead body in a grave He was buried in Highgate Cemetery. (figurative) Their ambitions were finally dead and buried. See related entries: Death
  2. 2bury somebody (old-fashioned) to lose somebody by death She's 85 and has buried three husbands.
  3. hide in ground
  4. 3  bury something to hide something in the ground buried treasure The dog had buried its bone in the garden.
  5. cover
  6. 4  [often passive] to cover somebody/something with soil, rocks, leaves, etc. bury somebody/something The house was buried under ten feet of snow. bury somebody/something + adj. The miners were buried alive when the tunnel collapsed.
  7. 5  bury something to cover something so that it cannot be seen Your letter got buried under a pile of papers. He buried his face in his hands and wept.
  8. hide feeling
  9. 6bury something to ignore or hide a feeling, a mistake, etc. She had learnt to bury her feelings.
  10. put deeply into something
  11. 7bury something (in something) to put something deeply into something else He walked slowly, his hands buried in his pockets. She always has her head buried in a book.
  12. Word OriginOld English byrgan, of West Germanic origin; related to the verb borrow and to borough.Extra examples He was buried up to his neck in sand. The building was now buried under ten feet of soil. The king is dead and lies buried at Jedburgh Abbey. The waste is buried deep underground. Their ambitions were finally dead and buried. Those people are now all dead and buried. What secrets lie buried in the past? a fallen tree trunk almost completely buried in the long grass her deeply buried pain We used to dig for hours, looking for buried treasure.Idioms
    bury the hatchet, bury your differences
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    to stop being unfriendly and become friends again After not speaking to each other for years, the two brothers decided to bury the hatchet.
    bury/hide your head in the sand
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    to refuse to admit that a problem exists or refuse to deal with it
    bury the lede/lead (US English)
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    to give the most important point of a news story near the end instead of at the beginning Unfortunately, he buried the lede in the last paragraph of the story.
    Phrasal Verbsbury yourself in something
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