pared; paring

transitive verb

: to trim off an outside, excess, or irregular part of
pare apples
paring his nails
: 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

The company has to find a way to pare expenses. pared the stray branches on the tree
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Word History


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.

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pare was in the 14th century

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“Pare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈpa(ə)r How to pronounce pare (audio)
pared; paring
: to trim off the outside or the ends of
: to reduce as if by paring

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