Language: Old English
Origin: bær


1 adjective

without clothes

not covered by clothes [= naked]:
a ragged child with bare feet
She felt the sun warm on her bare arms.


DN not covered by trees or grass, or not having any leaves:
The trees soon gave way to bare rock.

not covered/empty

empty, not covered by anything, or not having any decorations:
She looked round her tiny bare room.
a bare wood staircase

the bare facts

a statement that tells someone only what they need to know, with no additional details:
The newspaper had simply published the bare facts.

smallest amount necessary

[only before noun] the very least amount of something that you need to do something:
He got 40% - a bare pass.
The room had the bare minimum (=the smallest amount possible) of furniture.
the bare essentials/necessities
Her bag was light, packed with only the bare essentials.
If you ask her about herself, she gives only the barest (=the smallest amount possible) of details.

the bare bones

the most important parts or facts of something without any detail:
We have outlined only the bare bones of the method.

lay something bare

a) to uncover something that was previously hidden:
When the river is low, vast stretches of sand are laid bare.
b) to make known something that was secret:
historical writing which seeks to lay bare the true nature of an event

with your bare hands

PMW without using a weapon or a tool:
He had killed a man with his bare hands.

bare infinitive

technical the basic form of a verb, for example 'go' or 'eat'
bareness noun [uncountable]

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