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1. Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual covering; naked; as, his body is bare; the trees are bare.

2. With head uncovered; bareheaded. When once thy foot enters the church, be bare. (Herbert)

3. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed. Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear ! (Milton)

4. Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; meager. Uttering bare truth.

5. Destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily furnished; used with of (rarely with in) before the thing wanting or taken away; as, a room bare of furniture. A bare treasury.

6. Threadbare; much worn. It appears by their bare liveries that they live by your bare words. (Shak)

7. Mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else; as, a bare majority. The bare necessaries of life. Nor are men prevailed upon by bare of naked truth. (South) under bare poles, having no sail set.

Origin: oe. Bar, bare, as. Baer; akin to D. & g. Baar, OHG. Par, Icel. Berr, Sw. & dan. Bar, OSlav. Bos barefoot, lith. Basas; cf. Skr. Bhas to shine.