- 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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prima inter pares
- (of a female) first among equals.
primus inter pares
- (of males) first among equals.
Examples from the Web for pares
That is my welt-knife, like a razor, and he pares his hoofs with it!Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)
F. Marion Crawford
He takes the piece of wood in hand, equalizes the thickness where needful, and pares off the sharp edges.
Foret enim optandum, pares, aut saltem proximos, illi viro fieri.A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence
The other loaves he pares round, cuts one in two, and gives the upper half in halves to him.
Gussy 'pares in the background and givs the gals $5 to danse a bally for his own speshell benerfit.The Bad Boy At Home
Walter T. Gray
- 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
primus inter pares
- first among equals
Word Origin and History for pares
"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.