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
  1. verb
    place in a grave or tomb
    “Stalin was buried behind the Kremlin wall on Red Square”
    synonyms: entomb, inhume, inter, lay to rest
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    type of:
    lay, put down, repose
    put in a horizontal position
  2. verb
    place in the earth and cover with soil
    “They buried the stolen goods”
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    type of:
    deposit, fix, posit, situate
    put (something somewhere) firmly
  3. verb
    enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
    synonyms: eat up, immerse, swallow, swallow up
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    type of:
    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
    surround completely
  4. verb
    cover from sight
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    type of:
    conceal, hide
    prevent from being seen or discovered
  5. verb
    embed deeply
    synonyms: sink
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    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
  6. verb
    dismiss from the mind; stop remembering
    “I tried to bury these unpleasant memories”
    synonyms: forget
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    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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