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Fare \Fare\ (f[^a]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fared; p. pr. & vb. n. Faring.] [AS. faran to travel, fare; akin to OS., Goth., & OHG. faran to travel, go, D. varen, G. fahren, OFries., Icel., & 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. [root]78. Cf. Chaffer, Emporium, Far, Ferry, Ford, Peril, Port a harbor, Pore, n.]

  1. To go; to pass; to journey; to travel.

    So on he fares, and to the border comes Of Eden.

  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.

    I bid you most heartily well to fare.
    --Robynson (More's Utopia).

    So fared the knight between two foes.

  3. To be treated or entertained at table, or with bodily or social comforts; to live.

    There was a certain rich man which . . . 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.

    So fares it when with truth falsehood contends.

  5. To behave; to conduct one's self. [Obs.]

    She ferde [fared] as she would die.


vb. (en-past of: fare)

Usage examples of "fared".

Deep into the watery lowland they fared, at times dismounting and wading, giving the horses respite.

Loric nodded and said no more as on down the Sea Road they fared, riding now in silence.

And into the stricken city she fared alongside the herald, her horse spirited and prancing, and people ran out to see as she rode down the streets to the castle walls and within.

After grooming the steeds and eating breakfast with Beau, to the prison they fared, bracing themselves for another day of agony and dying.

Down through this gathering fared the cavalcade, down through snow churned to mud.

And at the fore of this twisting strait fared Tip-perton and Auly on point.

But soon they were on their way again, and across the snow and through the dusk fared the Silver Wolves, Beau yet mounted on Shimmer.

And they fared in among sapling-woven bowers, where a handful of younglings came running alongside, calling out for any news, while other Warrows stepped through their doorways and watched and listened and called out as well.

And on through the Blackwood they fared, Beau ever glancing down at the dear ribbon now tied 'round his arm.

West they fared, crossing the mighty River Argon to come into the wide wold 'tween river and mountain, where they turned south for Darda Galion, the Grimwalls on their right, the Argon to their left.

East-southeast they fared overland, the Rimmen Spur off to their left, Darda Stor to their right.

Still the land was soft, and so, spread widely, south they went and south for days, the land drying as they fared, and on the fifth day Bwen declared that once more they could roll as a column, and on southward they went.

With banquet tables ringed 'round the perimeter, the central space of the hall was open, and across the wide marble floor they fared toward the place reserved for them.

And so they fared easterly and easterly some more, to finally swing to the north, the goal of the great ships the port of Adeo just this side of the Ironwater, while the goal of the Dragonships lay beyond.

Continuing on, across the more or less level place they fared among the ranks of the warriors, the War-rows at last emerging beyond.