\ 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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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 That would indicate a belief that Chinese stimulus will forestall the fallout while suggesting central banks may pare back their pre-cautioning easing plans. Cecile Gutscher,, "Wall Street Warnings Grow Louder for Investors Defying Virus," 6 Feb. 2020 New York Times Trump administration moves to ease rules against killing birds Reuters US refiners, chemical makers pare insurance coverage as accidents boost costs Calendar WEDNESDAY | FEB. 5 10 a.m. 2318 Rayburn. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: Sanders eyes banning oil exports administratively," 30 Jan. 2020 But a growing number of startups, among them, have begun devising ways to pare down AI models and run them on extremely energy-efficient, highly specialized hardware. Will Knight, Wired, "Apple's Latest Deal Shows How AI Is Moving Right Onto Devices," 17 Jan. 2020 The plan now is to pare things back a bit and get back to the basics. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves have a lot to fix as they work to end 6-game losing streak," 12 Dec. 2019 The company is counting on the Model 3 to increase revenue and pare its quarterly losses. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "Tesla Factory Safety Under Scrutiny After Worker Is Injured," 20 Apr. 2018 After discussing all 15 players on Saturday, the voters will pare the list down to 10. Adam Fisher, Indianapolis Star, "Is this the year former Colts RB Edgerrin James finally gets into the Hall of Fame?," 31 Jan. 2020 This time around, however, the show will pare the number of artists so their work can be explored in greater depth. Steven Litt, cleveland, "FRONT 2021 exhibit announces creative team and theme of healing based on Langston Hughes poem," 14 Jan. 2020 Yet Lloyd himself is on board with the notion that his assertively contemporary stagings pare back stifling layers of performance history to lay bare what’s underneath. New York Times, "A Director Making His Mark in More Ways Than One," 9 Jan. 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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“Pare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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