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 in a Sentence
The company has to find a way to pare expenses.
pared the stray branches on the tree
Recent Examples of pare from the Web
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Leaders are navigating between moderate Republicans who want to preserve key aspects of the current law, known as Obamacare, and conservatives hoping to pare it back even further.
Vincent will pare down the list before finalists are interviewed.
Business-friendly governments in Britain — first under Labor and then under the Conservatives — campaigned to pare back regulations.
Strong mitigation further pare potentially deadly days to 14.
Republican senators are at odds over how much and how quickly to pare back federal spending on the program, which expanded under Obamacare and added millions of Americans to the rolls of the federally insured.
One possibility suggested would have the Fed begin to pare its holdings late this year and then gradually shed incrementally larger amounts into next year, while allowing the financial markets to adjust to the impact.
Hutchins' had to pare down his 11-minute film to eight minutes, the festival's limit.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
PARE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pare for English Language Learners
: to carefully cut off the outside or the ends of (something)
: to make (something) smaller : to reduce (something) in size, amount, or number
PARE Defined for Kids
Definition of pare for Students
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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