[ pair ]
/ pɛər /

verb (used with object), pared, par·ing.

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

1275–1325; Middle English paren < Middle French parer to make ready, trim < Latin parāre to prepare
1 See peel1.
3 clip, shave, lessen.
Related formspare·a·ble, adjectiveun·pared, adjective
Can be confusedpair pare payer pear

Definition for pare (2 of 2)


[ pa-rey ]
/ paˈreɪ /


Am·broise [ahn-brwaz] /ɑ̃ˈbrwaz/, 1510–90, French surgeon. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pare (1 of 2)


/ (pɛə) /

verb (tr)

to peel or cut (the outer layer) from (something)
to cut the edges from (the nails); trim
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

British Dictionary definitions for pare (2 of 2)


/ (French pare) /


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

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Medicine definitions for pare


[ pä-rā ]
Ambroise 1517?-1590

French surgeon who made numerous improvements to operating methods, including the ligature of arteries rather than cauterization.

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