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verb (used with object), pared, par·ing.
  1. to cut off the outer coating, layer, or part of.
  2. to remove (an outer coating, layer, or part) by cutting (often followed by off or away).
  3. 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

1275–1325; Middle English paren < Middle French parer to make ready, trim < Latin parāre to prepare
Related formspare·a·ble, adjectiveun·pared, adjective
Can be confusedpair pare payer pear

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1. See peel1. 3. clip, shave, lessen.

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  1. Am·broise [ahn-brwaz] /ɑ̃ˈbrwaz/, 1510–90, French surgeon. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (tr)
  1. to peel or cut (the outer layer) from (something)
  2. to cut the edges from (the nails); trim
  3. to decrease bit by bit
Derived Formsparer, noun

Word Origin for pare

C13: from Old French parer to adorn, from Latin parāre to make ready


  1. Ambroise (ɑ̃brwaz). 1510–90, French surgeon. He reintroduced ligature of arteries following amputation instead of cauterization
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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.

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pare in Medicine


[pä-rā]Ambroise 1517?-1590
  1. French surgeon who made numerous improvements to operating methods, including the ligature of arteries rather than cauterization.
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