\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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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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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 And believe it or not, there is a budgetary provision that allows Congress and the president to attempt to pare down spending on which everyone has just signed off. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump, GOP plan to rescind budget spending has precedent but rocky path in Congress," 2 Oct. 2018 But to gradually pare down the briefing time would be to limit the White House's exposure to tough questions. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "White House press briefings got shorter in May for the fourth straight month," 1 June 2018 His seventh-inning triple off Zach McAllister preceded Carlos Correa's grounder to second base, allowing Altuve to score and pare the team's deficit to one. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Indians pummel Lance McCullers in Astros' loss," 26 May 2018 Investors already were fretting about prospects for higher interest rates and inflation that could pare the appeal of stocks. James F. Peltz,, "Stocks dive and then surge back as U.S.-China trade war escalates," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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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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