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pair

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noun \ˈper\

Definition of pair

plural

pairs

or

pair

  1. 1a (1) :  two corresponding things designed for use together a pair of shoes (2) :  two corresponding bodily parts or members a pair of handsb :  something made up of two corresponding pieces a pair of trousers

  2. 2a :  two similar or associated things: such as (1) :  two mated animals (2) :  a couple in love, engaged, or married were a devoted pair (3) :  two playing cards of the same value or denomination and especially of the same rank (4) :  two horses harnessed side by side (5) :  two members of a deliberative body that agree not to vote on a specific issue during a time agreed on; also :  an agreement not to vote made by the two membersb :  a partnership especially of two players in a contest against another partnership

  3. 3 chiefly dialectal :  a set or series of small objects (such as beads)

Examples of pair in a Sentence

  1. He blushed when he saw all three pairs of eyes watching him.

  2. She won with a pair of aces.

  3. I got my first pair of glasses when I was eight.

  4. His two closest friends lived in the city and the pair of them visited him often.

  5. The dance is usually performed by a male and female pair.

  6. Those two kids make quite a pair.

Origin and Etymology of pair

Middle English paire, from Anglo-French, from Latin paria equal things, from neuter plural of par equal


First Known Use: 14th century


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pair

verb

Definition of pair

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make a pair of —often used with off or up paired off the animalsb :  to cause to be a member of a pairc :  to arrange a voting pair between

  3. 2 :  to arrange in pairs

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to constitute a member of a pair a sock that didn't pair

  6. 2a :  to become associated with another —often used with off or up paired up with an old friendb :  to become grouped or separated into pairs —often used with off paired off for the next dance

Examples of pair in a Sentence

  1. The teacher paired students with partners for the assignment.

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First Known Use of pair

1606



PAIR Defined for English Language Learners

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pair

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noun \ˈper\

Definition of pair for English Language Learners

  • : two things that are the same and are meant to be used together

  • : a thing that has two parts which are joined

  • : two people who are related in some way or who do something together

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pair

verb

Definition of pair for English Language Learners

  • : to put (two people or things) together


PAIR Defined for Kids

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pair

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noun \ˈper\

Definition of pair for Students

plural

pairs

or

pair

  1. 1 :  two things that match or are meant to be used together a pair of gloves a pair of draft horses

  2. 2 :  a thing having two similar parts that are connected a pair of scissors

  3. 3 :  two people who are connected in some way or do something together Those two are quite a pair.


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pair

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verb

Definition of pair for Students

paired

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pairing

  1. 1 :  to put in or join in a group of two The guests paired off for dancing.

  2. 2 :  to form a group of two :  match This glove doesn't pair with that.



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