bury vs forget what difference

what is difference between bury and forget



  • (UK) enPR: bĕr’ē, bû’rē; IPA(key): /ˈbɛɹ.i/, /ˈbɜː.ɹi/
    • (Scotland) IPA(key): /ˈbʌ.ɹi/ (also used by some outside Scotland)
    • (Middlesbrough and Lancashire) IPA(key): /ˈbʊ.ɹi/
  • (US) enPR: bĕr’ē, bûr’ē; IPA(key): /ˈbɛɹ.i/, /ˈbɝ.i/
  • Rhymes: -ɛɹi
  • Homophone: berry

Etymology 1

Middle English burien, berien, from Old English byrġan, from Proto-Germanic *burgijaną (to keep safe), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰergʰ- (to defend, protect). Cognate with Icelandic byrgja (to cover, shut; to hold in); West Frisian bergje (to keep), German bergen (to save/rescue something); also Albanian mburojë (shield), Eastern Lithuanian bir̃ginti (to save, spare), Russian бере́чь (beréčʹ, to spare), Ossetian ӕмбӕрзын (æmbærzyn, to cover).

The spelling with ⟨u⟩ represents the pronunciation of the West Midland and Southern dialects, while the Modern English pronunciation with /ɛ/ is from the Kentish dialects.


bury (third-person singular simple present buries, present participle burying, simple past and past participle buried)

  1. (transitive) To ritualistically inter in a grave or tomb.
  2. (transitive) To place in the ground.
  3. (transitive, often figuratively) To hide or conceal as if by covering with earth or another substance.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To suppress and hide away in one’s mind.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To put an end to; to abandon.
  6. (transitive, figuratively) To score a goal.
  7. (transitive, figuratively, slang) To kill or murder.
  8. To render imperceptible by other, more prominent stimuli; drown out.
  9. (transitive, figuratively, humorous) To outlive.
    Grandpa’s still in excellent health. He’ll bury us all!
Derived terms
Related terms
  • burian


bury (plural buries)

  1. (obsolete) A burrow.


Etymology 2

See borough.


bury (plural buries)

  1. A borough; a manor
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 5, “Twelfth Century”
      Indisputable, though very dim to modern vision, rests on its hill-slope that same Bury, Stow, or Town of St. Edmund; already a considerable place, not without traffic


  • Ruby, ruby



A post-Mongol invasion Turkic borrowing as Ukrainian бу́рий (búryj) and Russian бу́рый (búryj), which latter see.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbu.rɨ/



  1. brownish dark grey
  2. dark grey with spots


Related terms

  • (prefix) buro-
  • (adverb) buro
  • (adjective) burawy
  • (nouns) burek, burość


bury m anim

  1. (regional) bear (ursid)

Further reading

  • bury in Polish dictionaries at PWN



From English bury. Replacing native form bery.


  • IPA(key): /bʌri/


bury (third-person singular present buries, present participle buryin, past buriet, past participle buriet)

  1. (transitive) to bury



From Middle English forgeten, forgiten, foryeten, forȝiten, from Old English forġietan (to forget) [influenced by Old Norse geta (“to get, to guess”)], from Proto-West Germanic *fragetan (to give up, forget). Equivalent to for- +‎ get.

Cognate with :

  • Scots forget, forȝet (to forget),
  • West Frisian fergette, ferjitte, forjitte (to forget),
  • Dutch vergeten (to forget),
  • German vergessen (to forget).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fəˈɡɛt/, (less commonly:) /fɔːˈɡɛt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /fɚˈɡɛt/, (less commonly:) /fɔɹˈɡɛt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛt
  • Hyphenation: for‧get


forget (third-person singular simple present forgets, present participle forgetting, simple past forgot or (archaic) forgat, past participle forgotten or (rare) forgot)

  1. (transitive) To lose remembrance of.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      For at least two hours the Boy loved him, and then Aunts and Uncles came to dinner, and there was a great rustling of tissue paper and unwrapping of parcels, and in the excitement of looking at all the new presents the Velveteen Rabbit was forgotten.
  2. (transitive) To unintentionally not do, neglect.
  3. (transitive) To unintentionally leave something behind.
  4. (intransitive) To cease remembering.
  5. (slang) Euphemism for fuck, screw (a mild oath).

Usage notes

  • In sense 1 and 4 this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
  • In sense 2 this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
  • See Appendix:English catenative verbs


  • obliviate, overlook, pass over, disremember


  • acquire, learn, mind, recall, recollect, remember, reminisce

Derived terms



  • forget in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • forget in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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