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Topic: MOTOR VEHICLES

Language: Old English
Origin: faru 'journey'

fare

1 noun
     
fare1
1 [countable]TT the price you pay to travel somewhere by bus, train, plane etc
bus/train/air/cab fare
Air fares have shot up by 20%.
half-fare/full-fare
Children under 14 travel half-fare.
see usage note cost1
2 [uncountable] written food, especially food served in a restaurant or eaten on a special occasion:
traditional Christmas fare
3 [countable]TTC a passenger in a taxi
4 [uncountable] something that is offered to the public, especially as entertainment:
The movie is suitable family fare.
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cost, costs, price, charge, fee, fare
Use cost to talk about paying for services and activities, rather than objects The total cost of the trip was under $500. I worked out the cost of the repairs.Your costs are the amount of money you have to spend in order to run a business or to do a particular activity The shop was not making enough money to cover its costs.Use price to mean the amount of money that you must pay for something in a place such as a shop or restaurant We are cutting all our prices (NOT costs) by 50% for one day only! We were shocked by the price of a cup of coffee in London.A charge is the amount you have to pay to have a particular service or use something For a small charge we will also make your hotel reservations. A fee is the amount you have to pay to enter or join something The gallery charges no entrance fee. The fee for membership is £25 per year. It is also the amount you have to pay for a professional service The lawyer explained her fees.A fare is the amount you have to pay to travel somewhere by bus, train, plane etc I need some money for my bus fare. His parents paid his fare to Sydney.See also cost
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