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      vb   , buries, burying, buried   tr  
1    to place (a corpse) in a grave, usually with funeral rites; inter  
2    to place in the earth and cover with soil  
3    to lose through death  
4    to cover from sight; hide  
5    to embed; sink  
to bury a nail in plaster     
6    to occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; engross  
to be buried in a book     
7    to dismiss from the mind; abandon  
to bury old hatreds     
8    bury the hatchet          to cease hostilities and become reconciled  
9    bury one's head in the sand   to refuse to face a problem  
     (Old English byrgan to bury, hide; related to Old Norse bjarga to save, preserve, Old English beorgan to defend)  
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hatchet  
      n  
1    a short axe used for chopping wood, etc.  
2    a tomahawk  
3    modifier   of narrow dimensions and sharp features  
a hatchet face     
4    bury the hatchet          to cease hostilities and become reconciled  
     (C14: from Old French hachette, from hache axe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German happa knife)  
  hatchet-like      adj  

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bury  
      vb   , buries, burying, buried   tr  
1    to place (a corpse) in a grave, usually with funeral rites; inter  
2    to place in the earth and cover with soil  
3    to lose through death  
4    to cover from sight; hide  
5    to embed; sink  
to bury a nail in plaster     
6    to occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; engross  
to be buried in a book     
7    to dismiss from the mind; abandon  
to bury old hatreds     
8    bury the hatchet   to cease hostilities and become reconciled  
9    bury one's head in the sand   to refuse to face a problem  
     (Old English byrgan to bury, hide; related to Old Norse bjarga to save, preserve, Old English beorgan to defend)  


Bury  
      n  
1    a town in NW England, in Bury unitary authority, Greater Manchester: an early textile centre. Pop.: 62633 (1991)  
2    a unitary authority in NW England, in Greater Manchester. Pop.: 182200 (1994 est.). Area: 99 sq. km (38 sq. miles)  
Bury St Edmunds  
      n   a market town in E England, in Suffolk. Pop.: 31237 (1991)  

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bury

  
1    consign to the grave, entomb, inearth, inhume, inter, lay to rest, sepulchre  
2    conceal, cover, cover up, draw a veil over, enshroud, hide, secrete, shroud, stash     (informal)   stow away  
3    drive in, embed, engulf, implant, sink, submerge  
4    absorb, engage, engross, immerse, interest, occupy  
  
Antonyms     
  
1 & 2    bring to light, dig up, discover, disinter, dredge up, exhume, expose, find, reveal, turn up, uncover, unearth  

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bury the hatchet. v.
to decide to stop quarreling. enterrer la hache de guerre (in French)
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