\ 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

Other Words from pare

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
Recent Examples on the Web As part of its move to pare down debts, Wanda sold nearly $10 billion of theme park and hotel assets to two other Chinese developers in 2017. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Musk, moreover, may have reason to pare down his Tesla holdings unrelated to the Twitter vote. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021 Gray has said his work in real estate has been helpful in working with developers to either pare down unreasonable requests or to work with staff to find compromises that benefit neighbors and builders. Ryan Gillespie,, 22 Oct. 2021 Manchin forcing supporters to pare back health care, child care and other spending and Sinema causing Democrats to reconsider their plans to reverse the Trump-era tax cuts on corporations and the wealthy. Alan Fram, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2021 The movement to pare back housekeeping is not specific to the pandemic. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Streamline judiciously Even after splitting the book into two movies, there were still some elements that Villeneuve decided to pare back to avoid overloading the film with too many characters and subplots. Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 A day before Friday’s monthly jobs report, the West Virginia senator urged the Federal Reserve to pare back stimulus to avoid overheating the economy. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2021 MADISON - Republicans who control the Legislature won't let the sales tax go up and will substantially pare back Democratic Gov. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Mar. 2021

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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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