pare

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verb \ˈper\

Definition of pare

pared

;

paring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to trim off an outside, excess, or irregular part of pare apples paring his nails

  3. 2 :  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

  1. The company has to find a way to pare expenses.

  2. pared the stray branches on the tree

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Origin and Etymology of pare

Middle English, from Anglo-French parer to make, prepare, pare, from Latin parare to prepare, acquire; akin to Latin parere to give birth to, produce, Greek porein to give, present, Sanskrit pṛṇāti he gives



PARE Defined for English Language Learners

pare

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verb

Definition of pare for English Language Learners

  • : to carefully cut off the outside or the ends of (something)

  • : to make (something) smaller : to reduce (something) in size, amount, or number


PARE Defined for Kids

pare

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verb \ˈper\

Definition of pare for Students

pared

;

paring

  1. 1 :  to cut or shave off the outside or the ends of pare apples

  2. 2 :  to reduce as if by cutting He had to pare the cost of his trip.



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