pare

[ 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.

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Origin of pare

1275–1325; Middle English paren < Middle French parer to make ready, trim < Latin parāre to prepare

SYNONYMS FOR pare

1 See peel1.
3 clip, shave, lessen.

ANTONYMS FOR pare

OTHER WORDS FROM pare

pare·a·ble, adjectiveun·pared, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pare

pair pare payer pear

Definition for pares (2 of 3)

prima inter pares
[ pree-mah in-ter pah-res; English prahy-muh in-ter pair-eez, pree-muh ]
/ ˈpri mɑ ˈɪn tɛr ˈpɑ rɛs; English ˈpraɪ mə ˈɪn tər ˈpɛər iz, ˈpri mə /

noun, plural pri·mae in·ter pa·res [pree-mee in-ter pah-res; English prahy-mey in-ter pair-eez, pree‐] /ˈpri mi ˈɪn tər ˈpɑ rɛs; English ˈpraɪ meɪ ˈɪn tər ˈpɛər iz, ˈpri‐/ Latin.

(of a female) first among equals.

Definition for pares (3 of 3)

primus inter pares
[ pree-moo s in-ter pah-res; English prahy-muh s in-ter pair-eez, pree- ]
/ ˈpri mʊs ˈɪn tɛr ˈpɑ rɛs; English ˈpraɪ məs ˈɪn tər ˈpɛər iz, ˈpri- /

noun, plural pri·mi in·ter pa·res [pree-mee in-ter pah-res; English prahy-mee in-ter pair-eez pree-] /ˈpri mi ˈɪn tɛr ˈpɑ rɛs; English ˈpraɪ mi ˈɪn tər ˈpɛər iz ˈpri-/ Latin.

(of males) first among equals.
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British Dictionary definitions for pares (1 of 3)

pare
/ (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 forms of pare

parer, noun

Word Origin for pare

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

British Dictionary definitions for pares (2 of 3)

Paré
/ (French pare) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for pares (3 of 3)

primus inter pares
/ Latin (ˈpraɪməs ɪntə ˈpɑːrɪz) /

first among equals
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Medical definitions for pares

Paré
[ 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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