\ 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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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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Once that tournament is over, the Hawks will pare down a bit, some players will attend NHL camps and the rest will then head to Kennewick for the annual Tri-Cities tournament., "Portland Winterhawks set preseason schedule, with games just 2 months away," 18 June 2019 That’s got to be tough to pare down, when your house is just bulging with Amazon product. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Who are these people who write thousands of Amazon product reviews?," 14 June 2019 In even better visual news, the film's battle sequences pare down the usual open-sky, zillions-of-lasers paradigm that Marvel Cinematic Universe films have beaten us over the head with for the past five years or so. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Dark Phoenix isn’t an epic X-Men conclusion—but it’s a darned good teen flick," 7 June 2019 Canada, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, will also separately pare down its crude output in an attempt to boost regional prices that have fallen below $20 a barrel in recent weeks. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Oil Prices Rise on Expectations for a Production Cut," 3 Dec. 2018 Can scientists pare down the layers of complexity to reveal the essence of life, the foundation on which biology is built? Quanta Magazine, "In Newly Created Life-Form, a Major Mystery," 24 Mar. 2016 Janet Yellen is set to announce the start of the Fed’s move to pare its balance sheet. Maggie Day,, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak," 18 Sep. 2017 Even before Hanley made a splashy Indy qualifying debut, Julian had already announced the team would pare back its sports car efforts to focus primarily on expanding its IndyCar program. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, "Hanley helps DragonSpeed make big move in Indy qualifying," 19 May 2019 Since food is the second largest expense (Housing is #1, for obvious reasons.), the easiest way to pare down your weekly spend is by hitting up restaurants that'll keep your kids happy, healthy, and fed while aligning with your budget. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "35+ Restaurants Where Kids Eat for Free (or Almost Free)," 16 May 2019

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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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