\ 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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Oil refiners already dealing with slowing gasoline demand growth worry that increased use of ethanol will pare their share of the 143 billion gallon market. Washington Post, "How Trump (and Iowa) Changed How You Fuel Your Car," 18 Sep. 2019 That’s because the rules are hard to administer and seem almost purposefully designed to pare enrollments. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The 10 worst things Trump has done to harm your healthcare," 20 Aug. 2019 In Asia on Thursday, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.7% to notch a second straight day of gains and help pare its losses for the year to 15%, while China’s Shanghai Composite added 0.1% for its third consecutive session of advances. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Strong Earnings Bolster Stocks," 1 Nov. 2018 Don’t step on our toes: Higher-ups in the Iowa Democratic Party are chafing somewhat about the Democratic National Committee’s move to pare down the number of presidential candidates, The Gazette’s James Lynch writes., "UAW, GM resume talks amid nationwide auto worker strike: The Flyover," 17 Sep. 2019 Shaw said Rouse should benefit from Stanford’s efforts to pare down the offense in the offseason, and by playing next to senior guard Devery Hamilton, a fellow Maryland native. Harold Gutmann, The Mercury News, "Stanford-USC: Can the Cardinal freshman can outduel the Trojan freshman?," 6 Sep. 2019 Since taking the helm in September, WPP chief Mark Read has moved to pare down the sprawling ad empire as marketers look to work with agencies that are more nimble and tech savvy. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Ad Giant WPP to Sell Kantar Stake to Bain," 12 July 2019 And to be sure, there were a few years there in which the US and the Russian Federation worked together to get rid of redundant and unnecessary weapons systems and pare down their arsenals. Alex Wellerstein, Quartz, "America’s nuclear-weapons policy isn’t what you think—it’s much worse," 6 Aug. 2019 That makes these next two weeks critical for teams deciding how to best pare down their rosters to get to a final 53 players. John Clayton, The Denver Post, "NFL players who could become salary cap casualties before the season," 21 Aug. 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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