General English

  • verb to put someone or something into the ground

Media Studies

  • verb to release news at a time at which it will be given less coverage, e.g. when a another large important story is breaking
  • verb to place important information within the body of the text so that it is less noticeable and loses its impact


  • verb to place an object in a hole in the ground and then cover it with soil

Origin & History of “bury”

modern English bury is a descendant of Old English byrgan, which came from the Germanic base *burg- (source also of English borough). The underlying meaning of the base was ‘protection, shelter’, and in the case of bury this referred to ‘covering a dead body with earth’ (in Old English, bury applied only to interment; the general sense ‘put underground’ did not develop until the 14th century). The derived burial goes back to Old English byrgels, which in middle English times was mistaken for a plural.