verb (used with object), pared, par·ing.
Origin of pare
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|Tom LeClair|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After food stamp usage hit record-breaking numbers in 2013, Congress tried to pare back the benefit.
Core, pare and cut the apples into quarters (if large into eighths).Public School Domestic Science|Mrs. J. Hoodless
Pare and cut up the peaches in small pieces, and to a pound of fruit add a pound of sugar.The National Cook Book, 9th ed.|Hannah Mary Peterson
Wash, pare, core and cut apples into sections; press them into dough; sprinkle with sugar and dust with cinnamon.New Royal Cook Book|Anonymous
Well, wan day she forgot to pare her nails an' so they had nothin' to sell.Humorous Hits and How to Hold an Audience|Grenville Kleiser
Pare and stew the apples till thoroughly done and quite dry.Housekeeping in Old Virginia|Marion Cabell Tyree
Word Origin 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.