Pare Definition

pared, pares, paring
pared, pares, paring
To cut or trim away (the rind, skin, covering, rough surface, etc.) of (anything); peel.
Webster's New World
To remove by or as if by cutting, clipping, or shaving.
Pared off the excess dough; pared fat from the budget.
American Heritage
To reduce or diminish (costs, etc.) gradually.
Webster's New World
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.

To trim the hoof of a horse.

proper name
1517?-90; Fr. surgeon.
Webster's New World

Origin of Pare

  • 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

  • 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


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