verb \ˈper\

: to carefully cut off the outside or the ends of (something)

: to make (something) smaller : to reduce (something) in size, amount, or number


Full Definition of PARE

transitive verb
:  to trim off an outside, excess, or irregular part of <pare apples> <paring his nails>
:  to diminish or reduce by or as if by paring <pare expenses> <the novel was pared down to 200 pages>
par·er noun

Examples of PARE

  1. The company has to find a way to pare expenses.
  2. <pared the stray branches on the tree>

Origin of PARE

Middle English, from Anglo-French parer to make, prepare, pare, from Latin parare to prepare, acquire; akin to Latin parere to give birth to, produce, Greek porein to give, present, Sanskrit pṛṇāti he gives
First Known Use: 14th century


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