- to cut off the outer coating, layer, or part of.
- to remove (an outer coating, layer, or part) by cutting (often followed by off or away).
- to reduce or remove by or as by cutting; diminish or decrease gradually (often followed by down): to pare down one's expenses.
Origin of pare
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- Am·broise [ahn-brwaz] /ɑ̃ˈbrwaz/, 1510–90, French surgeon.
Examples from the Web for pare
In retirement, Frank is consciously trying to pare down and rein in.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
After food stamp usage hit record-breaking numbers in 2013, Congress tried to pare back the benefit.The People Vs. the Bank of Walmart
October 1, 2014
Pare off the outer skin of some fine citrons, and cut them into quarters.
Pare and core them, and either leave them whole, or cut them into quarters.
Pare the pine-apple, slice it very thin, and mince it small.
Pare them, and extract the cores without dividing the apple.
Pare off as thin as possible the rind of a lemon, or of a Seville orange, so as not to cut off any of the white with it.
- to peel or cut (the outer layer) from (something)
- to cut the edges from (the nails); trim
- to decrease bit by bit
- Ambroise (ɑ̃brwaz). 1510–90, French surgeon. He reintroduced ligature of arteries following amputation instead of cauterization
Word Origin and History for pare
"to trim by cutting close," c.1300, from Old French parer "arrange, prepare; trim, adorn," and directly from Latin parare "make ready, furnish, provide, arrange, order," related to parere "produce, bring forth, give birth to," from PIE root *pere- "produce, procure, bring forward, bring forth," and derived words in diverse senses (cf. Lithuanian pariu "to brood," Greek poris "calf, bull," Old High German farro, German Farre "bullock," Old English fearr "bull," Sanskrit prthukah "child, calf, young of an animal," Czech spratek "brat, urchin, premature calf"). Generalized meaning "to reduce something little by little" is from 1520s. Related: Pared; paring.
- French surgeon who made numerous improvements to operating methods, including the ligature of arteries rather than cauterization.