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").

To remember fare's different meanings, think of how, for people living close to the bone, the question "How are you eating/faring?" is not so different from "How are you getting along/faring?" And when you pay plane fare and fly to France, you will most assuredly be eating French fare once you get there.

Primary Meanings of fare

the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed
eat well
an agenda of things to do
proceed or get along
Full Definitions of fare

n the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance

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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

n a paying (taxi) passenger

Type of:
passenger, rider
a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it

n 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

v eat well

Type of:
take in solid food

n an agenda of things to do

Type of:
agenda, docket, schedule
a temporally organized plan for matters to be attended to

v proceed or get along

come, do, get along, make out
Type of:
go, proceed
follow a certain course

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