bare ( barer comparative) ( barest superlative) ( bares 3rd person present) ( baring present participle) ( bared past tense & past participle )
1 adj If a part of your body is bare, it is not covered by any clothing.
She was wearing only a thin robe over a flimsy nightdress, and her feet were bare..., She had bare arms and a bare neck.
2 adj A bare surface is not covered or decorated with anything.
usu ADJ n
They would have liked bare wooden floors throughout the house.
3 adj If a tree or a branch is bare, it has no leaves on it.
...an old, twisted tree, its bark shaggy, many of its limbs brittle and bare.
4 adj If a room, cupboard, or shelf is bare, it is empty.
His fridge was bare apart from three very withered tomatoes..., He led me through to a bare, draughty interviewing room.
5 adj An area of ground that is bare has no plants growing on it.
That's probably the most bare, bleak, barren and inhospitable island I've ever seen.
6 adj If someone gives you the bare facts or the barest details of something, they tell you only the most basic and important things.
Newspaper reporters were given nothing but the bare facts by the Superintendent in charge of the investigation.
7 adj If you talk about the bare minimum or the bare essentials, you mean the very least that is necessary.
The army would try to hold the western desert with a bare minimum of forces..., These are the bare essentials you'll need to dress your baby during the first few months.
8 adj Bare is used in front of an amount to emphasize how small it is.
a ADJ amount (emphasis)
Sales are growing for premium wines, but at a bare 2 percent a year.
9 verb If you bare something, you uncover it and show it.
WRITTEN Walsh bared his teeth in a grin... V n
11 If someone does something with their bare hands, they do it without using any weapons or tools.
with one's bare hands phrase PHR after v
Police believe the killer punched her to death with his bare hands..., Rescuers were using their bare hands to reach the trapped miners.
12 If you lay something bare, you uncover it completely so that it can then be seen.
lay sth bare phrase V inflects
The clearing out of disused workshops laid bare thousands of Italianate glazed tiles.
13 If you lay bare something or someone, you reveal or expose them.
lay sth bare phrase V inflects No one wants to expose themselves, lay their feelings bare.
bare-faced , barefaced
You use bare-faced to describe someone's behaviour when you want to emphasize that they do not care that they are behaving wrongly. adj ADJ n (emphasis)
What bare-faced cheek!, ...crooked politicians who tell bare-faced lies.