When you dig a hole in the ground, put an object in the hole, and cover it up with dirt, you bury it. Your dog might prefer spending the majority of his time digging holes to bury his toy collection.

You can bury something to hide it, or it can be part of a funeral ritual to bury a person who's died. You could also predict that the coming snow will bury the city, or you might bury your face in your hands if you were feeling dejected. The root of bury is the Proto-Indo-European word bhergh, "to protect or preserve." If you bury your money in the yard, maybe you're trying to protect it from thieves.

Definitions of bury

v place in a grave or tomb

“Stalin was buried behind the Kremlin wall on Red Square”
entomb, inhume, inter, lay to rest
Type of:
lay, put down, repose
put in a horizontal position

v place in the earth and cover with soil

“They buried the stolen goods”
Type of:
deposit, fix, posit, situate
put (something somewhere) firmly

v enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing

eat up, immerse, swallow, swallow up
Type of:
close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
surround completely

v cover from sight

“Afghani women buried under their burkas”
Type of:
conceal, hide
prevent from being seen or discovered

v embed deeply

“He buried his head in her lap”
countersink, set
insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
Type of:
embed, engraft, imbed, implant, plant
fix or set securely or deeply

v dismiss from the mind; stop remembering

“I tried to bury these unpleasant memories”
remember, think of
keep in mind for attention or consideration
try to forget; put out of one's memory or knowledge
repress, suppress
put out of one's consciousness
keep from expressing

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