\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Economists have raised the likelihood of a recession, warning that American consumers wary of the virus could pare spending on travel, restaurants, sporting events and other businesses. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Stocks rally after Wall Street's worst day in 12 years," 10 Mar. 2020 The Port Authority worked with airlines to pare back their presence so that some sections, including Terminals 2 and 7 at Kennedy, could be closed off, Mr. Cotton said. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Now Arriving at La Guardia Airport: One Passenger," 15 Apr. 2020 There was some thought the NFL went with an indefinite suspension originally to give them the ability to pare it down to a more specific number. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "The multiple layers of Myles Garrett’s suspension and his appeal," 22 Nov. 2019 But if the coronavirus impact on travel continues past the summer, Minicucci's remarks suggest, the airline may pare back those deliveries. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Breathtaking’ drop in air travel due to coronavirus has Alaska and Southwest preparing to cut flights," 11 Mar. 2020 Without new revenue, Louisville officials could again be forced to pare down the budget, and Conrad has hinted that future budget cuts could mean the city sees reduced services from police. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "More police department changes to come amid shrinking force and budget cuts, chief says," 4 Dec. 2019 As police departments pare down resources in response to the novel coronavirus, officers are not getting adequate testing, several departments stressed to ABC News, and the effects could be drastic. Luke Barr, ABC News, "Police departments stress need for officers to get tested to limit disruptions to service," 19 Mar. 2020 Powell said in a rare statement that served to pare Friday’s Dow losses by about 600 points. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Dow futures fall 200 points as Wall Street braces for more turbulence amid coronavirus fears," 1 Mar. 2020 To pare down his retail stock, Shepard held a big sale at the Oakwood location. Matt Wake |, al, "An Alabama guitar craftsman’s next chapter," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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“Pare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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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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