\ 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

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Even before Hanley made a splashy Indy qualifying debut, Julian had already announced the team would pare back its sports car efforts to focus primarily on expanding its IndyCar program. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, "Hanley helps DragonSpeed make big move in Indy qualifying," 19 May 2019 Since food is the second largest expense (Housing is #1, for obvious reasons.), the easiest way to pare down your weekly spend is by hitting up restaurants that'll keep your kids happy, healthy, and fed while aligning with your budget. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "35+ Restaurants Where Kids Eat for Free (or Almost Free)," 16 May 2019 Mount Sinai Health System Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Jonathan Ripp, seen at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, aims to pare the amount of record-keeping that many doctors have to catch up on at night. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Hospitals Address Widespread Doctor Burnout," 9 June 2018 Officials could continue to pare back this type of guidance in the next few meetings, and the minutes could offer clues on the debate. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Meeting Minutes Will Show How Officials Judged Economic Risks," 9 Jan. 2019 But while Lou prefers to pare things back makeup-wise, proper skincare is a nonnegotiable. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Drake-Approved Singer Is Bringing Back Cool, Crimped Waves," 8 Aug. 2018 Some are opting to pare back risk in stocks and take advantage of safe, higher-yielding debt. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Surging Yields Raise Threat of Tipping Point for Stocks," 7 Oct. 2018 While abstract expressionism resulted in an almost chaotic design style thanks to its emotional intensity, minimalism sought to pare down to an essential nature and remove all excess, creating harmony from simplicity. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "What Is Minimalism, Exactly?," 24 Sep. 2018 Shares of other tech giants, including Alphabet and Microsoft , also rose to help pare their losses for the month. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Tech, Oil Stocks Help Markets Stabilize," 21 Nov. 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" (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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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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