to put in the ground and cover with earth:
The pirates buried the chest on the island.
to put (a corpse) in the ground or a vault, or into the sea, often with ceremony:
They buried the sailor with full military honors.
to plunge in deeply; cause to sink in:
to bury an arrow in a target.
to cover in order to conceal from sight:
She buried the card in the deck.
to immerse (oneself):
He buried himself in his work.
to put out of one’s mind:
to bury an insult.
to consign to obscurity; cause to appear insignificant by assigning to an unimportant location, position, etc.:
Her name was buried in small print at the end of the book.
Nautical, housing1 (def 8a, b).
bury one’s head in the sand, to avoid reality; ignore the facts of a situation:
You cannot continue to bury your head in the sand—you must learn to face facts.
bury the hatchet, to become reconciled or reunited.
Contemporary Examples

Pablo Neruda, My Neighbor: Roberto Ampuero Recalls His Childhood Roberto Ampuero June 20, 2012
Italian Police Open a Mobster’s Vatican-Owned Tomb in Search of a Missing Girl Barbie Latza Nadeau May 15, 2012
Will Women MKs Lead The New Israel? Paul Usiskin March 17, 2013
A Final Burial at Ground Zero Michael Daly May 9, 2014
Times Leader Writers Can’t Decide Where Richard III Should Be Buried Tom Sykes November 26, 2013

Historical Examples

Lives of the most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects Giorgio Vasari
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes Samuel Johnson
Across Iceland William Bisiker
Jack O’ Judgment Edgar Wallace
Wild Wales George Borrow

verb (transitive) buries, burying, buried
to place (a corpse) in a grave, usually with funeral rites; inter
to place in the earth and cover with soil
to lose through death
to cover from sight; hide
to embed; sink: to bury a nail in plaster
to occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; engross: to be buried in a book
to dismiss from the mind; abandon: to bury old hatreds
bury the hatchet, to cease hostilities and become reconciled
bury one’s head in the sand, to refuse to face a problem
a town in NW England, in Bury unitary authority, Greater Manchester: an early textile centre. Pop: 60 178 (2001)
a unitary authority in NW England, in Greater Manchester. Pop: 181 900 (2003 est). Area: 99 sq km (38 sq miles)

Serving a life sentence or other long prison sentence
Languishing in solitary confinement; incommunicado (1930s+ Underworld & prison)

To sentence someone to a very long prison term or to solitary confinement (1900+ Underworld)
To defeat decisively; clobber (1940s+ Sports)


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