Definitions for PAREpɛər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to cut off or trim the outer coating, layer, edge, or part of:

    to pare an apple; to pare one's nails.

  2. to reduce or remove by or as if by cutting; diminish or decrease gradually (often fol. by down):

    to pare down expenses.

Origin of pare:

1275–1325; ME < MF parer to make ready, trim < L parāre to prepare

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pare, pare down(verb)

    decrease gradually or bit by bit

  2. whittle, pare(verb)

    cut small bits or pare shavings from

    "whittle a piece of wood"

  3. skin, peel, pare(verb)

    strip the skin off

    "pare apples"

  4. pare, trim(verb)

    remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size

    "pare one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph"; "trim lumber"


  1. pare(Verb)

    To remove the outer covering or skin of something with a cutting device, typically a knife.

    We pared the paired pears.

  2. pare(Verb)

    To reduce, diminish or trim gradually something as if by cutting off.

    Albrecht had to pare his options down by disregarding anything beyond his meager budget.

  3. Origin: From parer "arrange, prepare, trim", from parare "make ready" (related to parere "produce, bring forth"), from a .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pare(verb)

    to cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof

  2. Pare(verb)

    to remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin, ring, or outside part, from anything; -- followed by off or away; as; to pare off the ring of fruit; to pare away redundancies

  3. Pare(verb)

    fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen


  1. Pare people

    The Pare people are members of an ethnic group indigenous to the Pare Mountains of northern Tanzania, part of the Kilimanjaro Region. Pareland is also known as Vuasu. The location lies on one of the northern routes for historic east-African long-distance trade, connecting the hinterland with the coast of the Indian Ocean. The residents of northern Pare recognise two sub-areas based on ethnolinguistic differences: Kigweno-speaking Ugweno to the north and Chasu-speaking Usangi to the south.


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