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What Is Bury? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS BURY– In this topic, we are going to know and learn the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences



The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • put or hide under ground.
  • place (a dead body) in the earth, in a tomb, or in the sea, typically with funeral rites.
  • lose (someone, especially a relative) through death.
  • move or put out of sight.
  • deliberately forget; conceal from oneself.
  • overwhelm (an opponent) beyond hope of recovery.
  • involve oneself deeply in something to the exclusion of other concerns.

Meanwhile, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • to dispose of by depositing in or as if in the earth
  • to inter with funeral ceremonies
  • to conceal by or as if by covering with earth
  • to cover from view
  • to have done with
  • to put (a playing card) out of play by placing it in or under the dealer’s pack
  • to succeed emphatically or impressively in making (a shot)
  • to defeat overwhelmingly


Here are some of the following synonyms:

  • inter
  • lay to rest
  • consign to the grave
  • entomb
  • earth up
  • put six feet under
  • plant
  • deep-six
  • hide
  • conceal
  • cover
  • put out of sight
  • secrete
  • enfold
  • submerge


It is from the Old English term byrgan, which is of West Germanic origin


Here are some examples of the usage of this term:

  • He had married the daughter of the emperor: it was a mistake, but he would bury the world under the ruins.
  • I want to bury him up on the hill under that dogwood tree where he used to lay during the summer.
  • Anyone who, having the means, neglects to bury a dead body which he is legally bound to bury, is guilty of a misdemeanour, but no one is bound to incur a debt for such a purpose.
  • Whoever camps for a week in summer by the shore of a pond, needs only bury a pail of water a few feet deep in the shade of his camp to be independent of the luxury of ice.

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