verb (used with object), pared, par·ing.
Origin of pare
Examples from the Web for pared
He emerges, barely, pared to his essence, like a sculpture hacked from ice.
J.J. Cale, 74 No one has ever pared a song down to its essentials better than this laconic Oklahoma composer and performer.
But where Schrager and Starck pared down, Calderwood and his team gussied up.Ace Hotel Founder Alex Calderwood’s Greatest Legacy|Jessica Dawson|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Defense Department,” Hagel has argued, “has been bloated” and must “be pared down.
Everything in his life is pared down to the essential structure of his work.
As the fruit is pared or hulled, as the case may be, drop it into its measuring bowl.
They are best baked; are very nice boiled till tender, and then pared and laid into the oven to brown.The Young Housekeeper's Friend|Mrs. (Mary Hooker) Cornelius
The neck of the flap is sure to be redundant and prominent, but can be pared.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery|Joseph Bell
To prevent their discoloring the pieces may be dropped into mild salt water as they are pared and sliced.Every Step in Canning|Grace Viall Gray
All the conditions were to be changed, the old angles to be pared off, new horizons to be regarded.An Old Town By The Sea|Thomas Bailey Aldrich
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.