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verb [transitive]     bury pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleburying
past tenseburied
past participleburied
  1. 1
    [often passive] to put someone’s dead body in the ground during a funeral ceremony

    All his family are buried in the same cemetery.

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    1. a.
      used for saying that someone has died

      It’s not long since she buried her mother (=since her mother died).

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    2. b.
      to put something in the ground and cover it with earth

      There’s supposed to be treasure buried around here.

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  2. 2
    [often passive] to cover something with a layer or pile of things

    My French homework is buried somewhere under this pile of books.

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  3. 3
    to push one thing into another very hard
    bury something in/into something:

    Diane screamed as the dog buried its teeth in her arm.

    something buries itself in/into something:

    The bullet had buried itself in the floorboards.

  4. 4
    to stop yourself from having a feeling or memory by not allowing yourself to think about it

    feelings of anger that had been buried for years

  5. 5
    to show that a belief or idea is wrong

    It’s time to bury the myth that money will make you happy.

  6. 6
    informal to kick the ball hard in football into the back of the net, scoring a goal
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