- To bury is defined as to place in the ground, cover up or hide.
An example of bury is someone covering a friend with sand after they've fallen asleep on the beach.
This dog is about to bury his ball.
transitive verbburied, burying
- to put (a dead body) into the earth, a tomb, or the sea, usually in a ceremonial manner; inter
- to hide (something) in the ground
- to cover up so as to conceal: she buried her face in the pillow
- to put away, as from one's life, mind, etc.: to bury a feud
- to put (oneself) deeply into; plunge; immerse: to bury oneself in one's work
Origin of buryMiddle English birien ; from Old English byrgan, akin to beorgan, to shelter ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhergh-, protect, preserve from source German bergen, protect, Polish bróg, barn
transitive verbbur·ied, bur·y·ing, bur·ies
- a. To place (a corpse) in a grave, a tomb, or the sea; inter.b. To dispose of (a corpse) ritualistically by means other than interment or cremation.
- a. To place in the ground; cover with earth: The dog buried the bone. The oil was buried deep under the tundra.b. To place so as to conceal; hide or obscure: buried her face in the pillow; buried the secret deep within himself.
- To occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; absorb: buried myself in my studies.
- To put an end to; abandon: buried their quarrel and shook hands.
- Slang To outdo or defeat by a large margin: The team was buried in the first half by its crosstown rivals.
Origin of buryMiddle English burien, from Old English byrgan; see bhergh-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present buries, present participle burying, simple past and past participle buried)
- To ritualistically inter in a grave or tomb.
- To place in the ground.
- bury a bone; bury the embers
- (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
- (figuratively) To suppress and hide away in one's mind.
- secrets kept hidden; she hid her shame and put on a smiling face.
- (figuratively) To put an end to; to abandon.
- They buried their argument and shook hands.
- (figuratively) To score a goal.
- (slang) To kill or murder.
- bury the hatchet
Middle English burien, berien, from Old English byrġan, from Proto-Germanic *burgijaną (cf. Old Norse byrgja ‘to close’), from *berganą (“to protect, shelter”) (cf. Old English beorgan, West Frisian bergje ‘to keep’, German bergen ‘to save/rescue something’), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerĝʰ, *bʰr̥ĝʰ (cf. Albanian mburojë (“shield”), Lithuanian (Eastern) bir̃ginti ‘to save, spare’, Russian беречь (bereč') ‘to spare’, Ossetian æмбæрзын (æmbærzyn, “to cover”).