Pare meaning

pâr
To pare is defined as to peel, reduce or remove by trimming off the outside.

An example of to pare is using a knife to remove the skin of an orange.

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To remove the outer covering or skin of with a knife or similar instrument.

Pare apples.

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To remove by or as if by cutting, clipping, or shaving.

Pared off the excess dough; pared fat from the budget.

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To reduce, as in quantity or size; trim.

Pare expenses.

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To cut or trim away (the rind, skin, covering, rough surface, etc.) of (anything); peel.
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To reduce or diminish (costs, etc.) gradually.
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1517?-90; Fr. surgeon.
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To remove the outer covering or skin of something with a cutting device, typically a knife.

We pared the paired pears.

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To reduce, diminish or trim gradually something as if by cutting off.

Albert had to pare his options down by disregarding anything beyond his meager budget.

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To trim the hoof of a horse.
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Origin of pare

  • Middle English paren from Old French parer to prepare, trim from Latin parāre to prepare perə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French parer "arrange, prepare, trim", from Latin parare "make ready" (related to parere "produce, bring forth"), from a Proto-Indo-European *per- (“to bring forward, bring forth"). -f-

    From Wiktionary