pare

verb \ ˈper \
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018
pared; paring
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

parer

noun

Examples of pare in a Sentence

  1. The company has to find a way to pare expenses.

  2. pared the stray branches on the tree

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1repair), sēparāre "to divide" (see 1separate), 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.

pare Synonyms



PARE Defined for English Language Learners

pare

  • : 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

pare

verb \ ˈper \
pared; paring
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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