noun, plural pairs, pair.
- two members on opposite sides in a deliberative body who for convenience, as to permit absence, arrange together to forgo voting on a given occasion.
- the arrangement thus made.
- two playing cards of the same denomination without regard to suit or color.
- pairs, two card players who are matched together against different contestants.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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grammar notes for pair
Pair signifying two individuals can take either a singular or plural verb, but it is usually followed by a plural verb and referred to by a plural pronoun: The guilty pair have not been seen since their escape.
In the sense “a set or combination of more than two objects forming a collective whole,” pair occurs chiefly in fixed phrases: a pair of beads; a pair of stairs. This use is now somewhat old-fashioned. See also collective noun, couple.
OTHER WORDS FROM pairpairwise, adverbun·paired, adjectivewell-paired, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for pair
Some people are adamant that chocolate does not pair well with wine, period, no how, no way.The new wine rules: Drink what you like with what you want to eat|Dave McIntyre|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
Vancouver’s Jordie Benn and Quinn Hughes are the second-worst defensive pair in regard to shot quality allowed.The NHL’s Canadian teams are scoring a lot. Like, a lot, a lot.|Neil Greenberg|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
“One pair of dry socks lives in my sleeping bag,” Oram says.How to stay warm while sleeping in the frigid outdoors|Alisha McDarris|February 12, 2021|Popular Science
With the pair of games next week, Maryland will be on track to finish the season with 20 conference games as planned, despite the schedule disruptions the Big Ten has navigated this season because of the pandemic.In schedule shuffle, Maryland will host Nebraska on back-to-back days next week|Emily Giambalvo|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
The first one, again using participants from MTurk, sorted 360 people into pairs that would have online conversations, by text.Can I Ask You a Ridiculously Personal Question? (Ep. 451)|Stephen J. Dubner|February 11, 2021|Freakonomics
Oh, and the first press image they released was a pair of black dudes in tracksuits as a troll of sorts to NME.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It will still carry a pair of Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM long-range air-to-air missiles and a pair of bombs.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gurley was gunned down on Nov. 20, when a pair of cops was patrolling the rough housing project.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of them had not been given time to get dressed; he was perp-walked wearing only a pair of boxers.
They waved down a pair of responding cops who followed the alleged cop killer into the subway.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He stood, with the air of a hero, both arms extended towards the amazed pair of lovers.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Under the long lashes of low lids a pair of eyes black and insolent set off the haughty lines of her scarlet lips.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Here the pair reached the "Dun Cow" and retired to their respective quarters.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Since words have different meanings, we may sometimes find that a pair of words exemplify all three Laws, as plough and sword.
The opposite of these two methods of rote learning is my method, which injects an active process between each pair of words.
British Dictionary definitions for pair (1 of 2)
noun plural pairs or functioning as singular or plural pair
- two opposed members who both agree not to vote on a specified motion or for a specific period of time
- the agreement so made
- a set with two members
- an ordered set with two members
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British Dictionary definitions for pair (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with pair
In addition to the idiom beginning with pair
- pair off
- show one's (a clean pair of) heels