- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for pare on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for pared
He emerges, barely, pared to his essence, like a sculpture hacked from ice.Haruki Murakami's Weird, Wonderful World
August 15, 2014
J.J. Cale, 74 No one has ever pared a song down to its essentials better than this laconic Oklahoma composer and performer.The Deaths You Missed This Year
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So, Michael Moynihan, Caitlin Dickson
December 30, 2013
But where Schrager and Starck pared down, Calderwood and his team gussied up.Ace Hotel Founder Alex Calderwood’s Greatest Legacy
November 20, 2013
The Defense Department,” Hagel has argued, “has been bloated” and must “be pared down.Hagel: The New Eisenhower
December 18, 2012
Everything in his life is pared down to the essential structure of his work.Knowing Bill Cunningham
March 22, 2010
The black strips at the end of each nail, Martin pared off with his jackknife.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
You may add turnips (pared and sliced) to the other vegetables.
Should the edges of the cheese project, they must be pared off.
Put in the apples, which should be pared and cored, and sprinkle in the sugar and lemon rind.The Skilful Cook
Apples should be pared and quartered, gooseberries and currants should be picked and cleaned, before they are put into the batter.
- to peel or cut (the outer layer) from (something)
- to cut the edges from (the nails); trim
- to decrease bit by bit
- Ambroise (ɑ̃brwaz). 1510–90, French surgeon. He reintroduced ligature of arteries following amputation instead of cauterization
Word Origin and History for pared
"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.
- French surgeon who made numerous improvements to operating methods, including the ligature of arteries rather than cauterization.