- Fare is defined as a paying passenger, a fee for transportation or food.
- An example of fare is someone traveling by train.
- An example of fare is two dollars someone is charged for traveling by bus.
- An example of fare is soup in a cafe.
- The definition of fare is to go through an experience or have a result.
An example of fare is someone doing well on their driving test.
This ticket shows a train passenger has paid her fare.
intransitive verbfared, faring
- Old Poet. to travel; go
- to happen; result: how did it fare with him?
- to be in a specified condition or position; get on; go through an experience: he fared well on his trip
- to eat or be given food
Origin of fareMiddle English faren ; from Old English faran, to go, wander, akin to German fahren and amp; Dutch raren ; from Indo-European base an unverified form per-, to come over, transport from source Classical Latin portare, to carry, Classical Greek peran, to pass over, peira, a trial, poros, a way
- money paid or to be paid for transportation in a train, taxi, plane, etc.
- a passenger who pays a fare
- the usual kind of diet
- Archaic the condition of things
intransitive verbfared fared, far·ing, fares
- To get along: How are you faring with your project?
- To happen or develop: How does it fare with you?
- To travel; go.
- To dine; eat.
- A transportation charge, as for a bus.
- A passenger transported for a fee.
- Food and drink; diet: simple home-cooked fare.
Origin of fareMiddle English faren, from Old English faran; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
From the merger of Old English fær (“journey, road”), a neuter, + faru (“journey, companions, baggage”), feminine, both from faran (“to journey”), from Proto-Germanic *faraną, from Proto-Indo-European *por- (“going, passage”).
(third-person singular simple present fares, present participle faring, simple past fared or archaic fore, past participle fared or rarely faren)
- (intransitive, archaic) To go, travel.
- (intransitive) To get along, succeed (well or badly); to be in any state, or pass through any experience, good or bad; to be attended with any circumstances or train of events.
- (intransitive) To eat, dine.
- (intransitive, impersonal) To happen well, or ill.
- We shall see how it will fare with him.
From Old English faran (“to journey”), from Proto-Germanic *faraną, from Proto-Indo-European *por- (“going, passage”). Cognates include West Frisian farre, Dutch varen, German fahren (“to travel”), Danish fare, Icelandic fara (“to go”) and Swedish fara (“to travel”).