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1. A journey; a passage. That nought might stay his fare. (Spenser)
2. The price of passage or going; the sum paid or due for conveying a person by land or water; as, the fare for crossing a river; the fare in a coach or by railway.
3. Ado; bustle; business. The warder chid and made fare. (Chaucer)
4. Condition or state of things; fortune; hap; cheer. What fare? what news abroad ? (Shak)
5. Food; provisions for the table; entertainment; as, coarse fare; delicious fare. Philosophic fare.
6. The person or persons conveyed in a vehicle; as, a full fare of passengers.
7. The catch of fish on a fishing vessel. Bill of fare. See Bill. Fare indicator or register, a device for recording the number of passengers on a street car, etc. Fare wicket. A gate or turnstile at the entrance of toll bridges, exhibition grounds, etc, for registering the number of persons passing it. An opening in the door of a street car for purchasing tickets of the driver or passing fares to the conductor.
Origin: as. Faru journey, fr. Faran. See fare, v.
1. To go; to pass; to journey; to travel. So on he fares, and to the border comes Of Eden. (Milton)
2. To be in any state, or pass through any experience, good or bad; to be attended with any circummstances or train of events, fortunate or unfortunate; as, he fared well, or ill. So fares the stag among the enraged hounds. (Denham) I bid you most heartily well to fare. (Robynson (mores Utopia)) So fared the knight between two foes. (Hudibras)
3. To be treated or entertained at table, or with bodily or social comforts; to live. There was a certain rich man wwhich . . . Fared sumptuously every day. (Luke xvi. 19)
4. To happen well, or ill; used impersonally; as, we shall see how it will fare with him. Sso fares it when with truth falsehood contends. (Milton)
5. To behave; to conduct one’s self. She ferde fared as she would die. (Chaucer)
Origin: as. Faran to travel, fare; akin to os, goth, & OHG. Faran to travel, go, D. Varen, g. Fahren, OFries, Isel, & Sw. Fara, dan. Fare, gr. A way through, a ferry, strait, to convey, to go, march, beyond, on the other side, to pass through, L. Peritus experienced, portus port, Skr. Par to bring over. Cf Chaffer, emporium, far, ferry, Ford, Peril, port a harbor, pore.