pair

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noun

plural pairs or pair
1
a(1)
: two corresponding things designed for use together
a pair of shoes
(2)
: two corresponding bodily parts or members
a pair of hands
b
: something made up of two corresponding pieces
a pair of trousers
2
a
: 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 members
b
: a partnership especially of two players in a contest against another partnership
3
chiefly dialectal : a set or series of small objects (such as beads)

pair

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verb

paired; pairing; pairs

transitive verb

1
a
: to make a pair of
often used with off or up
paired off the animals
b
: to cause to be a member of a pair
c
: to arrange a voting pair between
2
: to arrange in pairs
3
: to establish a connection between (a set of networked devices or systems) or from (a networked device or system)
The Windows app will then walk you through a few steps to pair your phone and PC.Jared Newman
After the reset, you will need to pair your watch to your phone once more.Andy Walker
But pairing your phone with your car can be a nightmare sometimes. How and whether you can make it work primarily depends on the smartphone's operating system and the vehicle's technical capabilities.Claudius Lüder

intransitive verb

1
: to constitute a member of a pair
a sock that didn't pair
2
a
: to become associated with another
often used with off or up
paired up with an old friend
b
: to become grouped or separated into pairs
often used with off
paired off for the next dance

Examples of pair in a Sentence

Noun He blushed when he saw all three pairs of eyes watching him. She won with a pair of aces. I got my first pair of glasses when I was eight. His two closest friends lived in the city and the pair of them visited him often. The dance is usually performed by a male and female pair. Those two kids make quite a pair. Verb The teacher paired students with partners for the assignment.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The pair ran across the stage for an electrifying live debut of the new single. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2024 The pair first had a Las Vegas wedding at the One Love Wedding Chapel after the 2022 Grammy Awards on April 4, 2022. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pair 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1578, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of pair was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pair. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

pair

1 of 2 noun
ˈpa(ə)r How to pronounce pair (audio)
ˈpe(ə)r
plural pairs also pair
1
: two things that match or are meant to be used together
a pair of hands
a pair of gloves
2
: a thing having two connected matching parts
a pair of scissors
3
: a set of two like or associated things

pair

2 of 2 verb
1
: to make a pair of or arrange in pairs
paired off the animals
2
: to form a pair or pairs
paired off for the next dance
Etymology

Noun

Middle English paire "two things that match or go together," from early French paire (same meaning), from Latin paria "equal things," from par "equal" — related to compare, par, peer, umpire see Word History at umpire

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