\ ˈper How to pronounce pare (audio) \
pared; paring

Definition of pare

transitive verb

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

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parer noun

Examples of pare in a Sentence

The company has to find a way to pare expenses. pared the stray branches on the tree
Recent Examples on the Web Teams must pare their rosters down to the 53-man limit by 1 p.m. ET on Saturday. oregonlive, "NFL roster cuts tracker 2020: Jalen Jelks, Tony Brooks-James, Justin Hollins, Victor Bolden among players with Oregon ties who were cut," 5 Sep. 2020 That is why Daimler is making electric cars its priority for new R&D investment, beginning to pare back investment in the development of new combustion engines. William Boston And Giulia Petroni, WSJ, "Mercedes-Benz to Slash Costs 20% in Next Five Years," 6 Oct. 2020 The Postal Service’s outsize role in commerce has made proposals to pare down its services, such as eliminating Saturday delivery, politically unpalatable. Zach Montague, New York Times, "The Postal Service Needs Fixing. Here’s How It Could Happen.," 1 Oct. 2020 Their contribution was to showcase the innate flavors of seasonal ingredients, and to pare down some of the overblown creations buried in thick sauces that had come to represent French haute-cuisine. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Pierre Troisgros, Renowned French Restaurateur, Dies at 92," 25 Sep. 2020 Poor air quality because of wildfires forced the Portland Classic, the longest running non-major on the LPGA Tour, to pare down from 72 holes to 54 this week. oregonlive, "Hannah Green, Cydney Clanton share lead at Portland Classic," 18 Sep. 2020 Already struggling, Maine's summer wedding industry tightened rules, forcing people to pare down guest lists, or cancel events altogether. CBS News, "Officiant of Maine wedding linked to 7 virus deaths says he's been "reviled"," 18 Sep. 2020 Already struggling, Maine’s summer wedding industry tightened rules, forcing people to pare down guest lists, or cancel events altogether. David Sharp, Star Tribune, "'Super spreader' wedding may undo Maine's virus fight, officials say," 16 Sep. 2020 Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, ad holding companies have seen their revenue decline by double-digit percentages as advertisers facing uncertainty pull out of media commitments and pare back budgets. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Omnicom Shakes Up Media-Agency Ranks Amid Pandemic," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pare

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pare

Middle English paren, borrowed from Anglo-French parer "to make, prepare, adorn, trim, cut off," going back to Latin parāre "to supply, provide, make ready," probably verbal derivative of a nominal base *paro-, formed from parere "to give birth to, bring into being, produce" — more at parturient

Note: The Latin verb is alternatively taken as a direct outcome of an Indo-European present formation *pr̥h3-i̯e-, but the phonetic development has been questioned. Most of the numerous compound verbs formed from parāre, as apparāre "to prepare" (see apparatus), comparāre "to prepare, collect, muster," disparāre "to divide" (see disparate), praeparāre "to furnish beforehand, prepare," reparāre "to recover, restore" (see repair entry 1), sēparāre "to divide" (see separate entry 1), fail to show vowel weakening. The verbs imperāre "to levy, order, command" (see emperor) and properāre "to hasten" (perhaps of independent origin) are for uncertain reasons exceptions. The Romance development in sense from "prepare" to a more concrete "cut (the peeling from), trim"—well attested in Old French—has become virtually the only sense in English, with the broader French meaning "prepare, adorn, decorate" being only marginally attested.

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25 Oct 2020

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“Pare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈper How to pronounce pare (audio) \
pared; paring

Kids Definition of pare

1 : to cut or shave off the outside or the ends of pare apples
2 : to reduce as if by cutting He had to pare the cost of his trip.

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