Definition of pare
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
Examples of pare in a sentence
The company has to find a way to pare expenses.
<pared the stray branches on the tree>
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
First Known Use: 14th century
PARE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of pare for Students
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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