Language: Old English
Origin: faru 'journey'


1 noun
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%.
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.

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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