It's not fair that fare means three unrelated things. As a verb, it means to proceed or get along, as in "Fare thee well." As a noun, it can refer to the cost of travel ("Train fare is ten dollars") or to food ("Tatertots are typical cafeteria fare").

Although this word has multiple meanings, they can all be traced back to the Old English root for "journey." If you’re taking a trip, fare well! If you do fare well, you'll have a great time. A taxi looking for a fare might give you a ride to the airport (though you'll have to pay the fare). And if you didn’t bring your own food, you’ll have to eat airplane fare. Fare is a handy word to bring on a journey!

Definitions of fare
  1. noun
    the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
    synonyms: transportation
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    the fare charged for traveling by airplane
    bus fare, carfare
    the fare charged for riding a bus or streetcar
    cab fare, taxi fare
    the fare charged for riding in a taxicab
    train fare
    the fare charged for traveling by train
    subway fare
    the fare charged for riding a subway train
    type of:
    the price charged for some article or service
  2. noun
    a paying (taxi) passenger
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    passenger, rider
    a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) but not operating it
  3. noun
    the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed
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    the usual food and drink consumed by an organism (person or animal)
    a prescribed selection of foods
    a regulated daily food allowance
    the dishes making up a meal
    chow, chuck, eats, grub
    informal terms for a meal
    board, table
    food or meals in general
    the food allowance for one day (especially for service personnel)
    allergy diet
    a diet designed to avoid the foods that you are allergic to
    balanced diet
    a diet that contains adequate amounts of all the necessary nutrients required for healthy growth and activity
    bland diet, ulcer diet
    a diet of foods that are not irritating
    diabetic diet
    a diet designed to help control the symptoms of diabetes
    dietary supplement
    something added to complete a diet or to make up for a dietary deficiency
    carbo loading, carbohydrate loading
    a diet of foods high in starch that increases carbohydrate reserves in muscles
    gluten-free diet
    diet prescribed to treat celiac disease; eliminates such foods as wheat and rye and oats and beans and cabbage and turnips and cucumbers that are rich in gluten
    high-protein diet
    a diet high in plant and animal proteins; used to treat malnutrition or to increase muscle mass
    high-vitamin diet, vitamin-deficiency diet
    a diet designed to patients with vitamin deficiencies
    light diet
    diet prescribed for bedridden or convalescent people; does not include fried or highly seasoned foods
    liquid diet
    a diet of foods that can be served in liquid or strained form (plus custards or puddings); prescribed after certain kinds of surgery
    low-fat diet
    a diet containing limited amounts of fat and stressing foods high in carbohydrates; used in treatment of some gallbladder conditions
    low-salt diet, low-sodium diet, salt-free diet
    a diet that limits the intake of salt (sodium chloride); often used in treating hypertension or edema or certain other disorders
    obesity diet, reducing diet
    a diet designed to help you lose weight (especially fat)
    pap, soft diet, spoon food
    a diet that does not require chewing; advised for those with intestinal disorders
    a diet excluding all meat and fish
    training table
    planned meals for athletes in training (usually served in a mess hall)
    field ration
    rations issued for United States troops in the field
    type of:
    food, nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
  4. verb
    eat well
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    take in solid food
  5. noun
    an agenda of things to do
    synonyms: menu
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    agenda, docket, schedule
    a temporally organized plan for matters to be attended to
  6. verb
    proceed or get along
    synonyms: come, do, get along, make out
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    go, proceed
    follow a certain course
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