\ˈper \
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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Examples of pare in a Sentence

The company has to find a way to pare expenses. pared the stray branches on the tree

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To use the tool, some publishers would need to dramatically pare down the number of vendors they partner with—which might ultimately benefit Google at the expense of its competitors. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Google to Hold Talks With Publishers Over Their GDPR Concerns," 18 May 2018 Under President Donald Trump, the Treasury Department has moved to repeal or pare back some Obama-era tax regulations, including limits on intercompany debt often associated with inversions. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "U.S. Treasury Issues Final Regulations on Inversion Transactions," 11 July 2018 Without a legislative compromise, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts has sufficient signatures to move forward with a question that would ask voters this fall to pare the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5 percent. Joshua Miller,, "Beacon Hill is close to a grand bargain on minimum wage, paid leave, and sales tax," 20 June 2018 The figures round off a week of weaker-than-expected reports that saw traders pare back bets on the pace on Bank of England tightening, with two rate increases this year seeming increasingly unlikely., "U.K. Retail Sales Fall More Than Forecast Amid Snow Chaos," 19 Apr. 2018 China, in return, could make life more difficult for the many American companies that do business in the country, or pare back its purchases of United States debt. Ana Swanson And Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "White House Tries to Tamp Down Trade War Fears as China Retaliates," 4 Apr. 2018 Those shares are now worth about $23 billion and executives have wavered on whether GE would hold on to the stake or pare it back. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Narrows Focus to Power, Aviation in Latest Revamp," 26 June 2018 Gurriel laced the third to right field, scoring Altuve and Bregman to pare the deficit to four. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Athletics hammer Lance McCullers in Astros' loss," 12 July 2018 Municipal Resources will do an initial screening of applications to pare down the list. John Laidler,, "Consulting firm hired to help find new Lexington town manager," 2 July 2018

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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" 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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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


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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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