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: Middle 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
city in Greater Manchester, NW England: county district pop. 177,000
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.
To conceal by or as if by covering over with earth; hide: 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.
Origin: Middle English burien, from Old English byrgan; see bhergh-1 in Indo-European roots.
Word History: Why does bury rhyme with berry and not with jury? The answer goes back to early English times. The late Old English form of the verb bury was byrgan, pronounced approximately (bürˈyən). During Middle English times this (ü) sound changed, but with different results in different regions of England: to (o͝o) as in put in the Midlands, to (ĭ) as in pit in southern England, or to (ĕ) as in pet in southeast England. London is located in the East Midlands, but because of its central location and its status as the capital, its East Midlands dialect was influenced by southern (Saxon) and southeastern (Kentish) dialects. The normal East Midlands development of (ü) was (o͝o), spelled u. Because scribes from the East Midlands pronounced the word with this vowel they tended to spell the word with a u, and this spelling became standard when spellings were fixed after the introduction of printing. The word's pronunciation, however, is southeastern. Bury is the only word in Modern English with a Midlands spelling and a southeastern pronunciation. Similarly, the word busy, from Old English bysig, bisig, and its verb bysgian, bisgian, “to employ,” is spelled with the East Midlands dialect u, but pronounced with the southern (Saxon) development of (ü), (ĭ).
A borough of northwest England north-northwest of Manchester. Population: 60,700.