[ pair ]
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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).

  1. 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

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English paren, from Middle French parer, “to make ready, trim” from Latin parāre ”to prepare, make ready“; see origin at prepare

synonym study For pare

1. See peel1.

Other words for pare

Opposites for pare

Other words from pare

  • pare·a·ble, adjective
  • un·pared, adjective

Words that may be confused with pare

Other definitions for Paré (2 of 2)

[ pa-rey ]

  1. Am·broise [ahn-brwaz], /ɑ̃ˈbrwaz/, 1510–90, French surgeon. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use pare in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pare (1 of 2)


/ (pɛə) /

  1. to peel or cut (the outer layer) from (something)

  2. to cut the edges from (the nails); trim

  1. to decrease bit by bit

Origin of pare

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

Derived forms of pare

  • parer, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Paré (2 of 2)


/ (French pare) /

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

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