From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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barebare1 /beə $ ber/ ●●○ adjective 1 without clothesDCCNAKED not covered by clothes SYN naked a ragged child with bare feet She felt the warm sun on her bare arms.bare-headed/bare-chested/bare-legged etc2 land/treesDN not covered by trees or grass, or not having any leaves The trees soon gave way to bare rock.3 not covered/emptyDHH empty, not covered by anything, or not having any decorations She looked round her tiny bare room. a bare wood staircasesee thesaurus at empty4 the bare facts5 smallest amount necessary [only before noun]LITTLE/NOT MUCH 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.6 the bare bones7 lay something bare8 with your bare hands9 bare infinitivebareness noun [uncountable]
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bareThe dress tied around her neck, leaving her shoulders bare.In winter, rice fields were bare and brown, but there was the anticipation of spring planting just around the corner.bare and treeless hillsThe strength of this book is that it puts flesh on the bare bones of this argument.bare-chested menThe room was completely bare except for a bed against the wall.Rostov felt as if there was a bare exposed place between his shoulder blades.He skipped into sight in his bare feet.bare feetHe placed the towel on the bed under her bare foot.Using her bare hands, she smears paint on the canvas.a bare-looking roomOpponents argued that Prop. 140 was passed in an off-year election by a bare majority-52 percent-of the voters.The measure passed by a bare majority of votes.We spent a long time walking through the bare rooms, remembering the games we used to play there.Paint the bare wood with a primer.bare minimumTry to keep administrative costs to a bare minimum.But the ruling says they can only pay the bare minimum.Challenge it and challenge it again until it's at a bare minimum.It is generally sensible to limit the additional capabilities that the new desktop publishing product will give you to the bare minimum.Or Sally Jessy, bare minimum.The role of government in macroeconomic management had to be pruned to a bare minimum.The men possessed only the barest minimum necessary for survival.Leaders like that get only the bare minimum of effort and never rouse employees to cooperative activity.The bare minimum required to keep the account open.
barebare2 verb [transitive] 1 COVERto remove something that was covering or hiding something The dog bared its teeth. He bared his back to the hot sun.2 bare your soul→ See Verb table
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bareAs if she stood naked before him, her very soul bared.He promised to bare all before a committee of experts chosen by the board.But after he bares his fangs, she wobbles as if the blood had been sucked from her veins.He bared his teeth in the kiss and he nipped at her mouth.The dog bared its teeth.They stare back defiantly at the crowds, menacingly baring their teeth, and grabbing candy trays with nimble speed.bared ... teethHe bared his teeth and licked his lips, as Blackberry had done before the dead hedgehog on the road.With his bared teeth and long, drawn face, Gao Ma looked just like his namesake, ma, the horse.He bared his teeth and snarled.She backed against the wall like an animal at bay, and bared her teeth at him.I offered them drinks and they just bared their teeth, being civil.Spread throughout the pond, seven pale piles of limbs, bared teeth, faces curtained off by their hair.He bared his teeth in the kiss and he nipped at her mouth.Chutra hooted, bared his teeth, scratched his ribs.
barebare3 /beə $ ber/ adverb British English spoken informal very, or a lot of – used by young people Check out this new game – it’s bare hard. His dad’s got bare money.From King Business Dictionarybarebare /beəber/ adjective go bareINSURANCE if a business goes bare, it decides not to buy insurance to protect it against claims for damage or harm done by its productsSome firms choose to go bare, preferring possible bankruptcy to the certainty of huge insurance premiums.Origin bare1 Old English bær