Simple Definition of pare
: 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
1 : to trim off an outside, excess, or irregular part of <pare apples> <paring his nails>
2 : to diminish or reduce by or as if by paring <pare expenses> <the novel was pared down to 200 pages>
Examples of pare
The company has to find a way to pare expenses.
<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
Rhymes with pare
air, Ayr, bare, bear, Blair, blare, care, chair, chare, dare, Dare, e'er, ere, err, eyre, fair, fare, flair, flare, glair, glare, hair, hare, Herr, heir, lair, mare, ne'er, pair, pear, prayer, rare, rear, scare, share, snare, spare, square, stair, stare, swear, tare, tear, their, there, vair, ware, wear, weir, where, yare
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