What does pare mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pare, pare downverb

    decrease gradually or bit by bit

  2. whittle, pareverb

    cut small bits or pare shavings from

    "whittle a piece of wood"

  3. skin, peel, pareverb

    strip the skin off

    "pare apples"

  4. pare, trimverb

    remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size

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


  1. pareverb

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

    We pared the paired pears.

  2. pareverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Pareverb

    To cut off extremities or the surface; to cut away by little and little; to diminish.

    Etymology: This word is reasonbly deduced by Stephen Skinner from the French phrase, parer les ongles, to dress the horses hoofs when they are shaved by the farrier: thus we first said, pare your nails; and from thence transfered the word to general use.

    The creed of Athanasius, and that sacred hymn of glory, than which nothing doth sound more heavenly in the ears of faithful men, are now reckoned as superfluities, which we must in any case pare away, lest we cloy God with too much service. Richard Hooker.

    I have not alone
    Imploy’d you where high profits might come home;
    But par’d my present havings to bestow
    My bounties upon you. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    I am a man, whom fortune hath cruelly scratch’d.
    —— ’Tis too late to pare her nails now. William Shakespeare.

    The lion, mov’d with pity, did endure
    To have his princely paws all par’d away. William Shakespeare.

    The king began to pare a little the privilege of clergy, ordaining that clerks convict, should be burned in the hand. Francis Bacon, Hen. VII.

    Pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin.
    He pares his apple, that will cleanly feed. George Herbert.

    Whoever will partake of God’s secrets, must first look into his own, he must pare off whatsoever is amiss, and not without holiness approach to the holiest of all holies. Taylor.

    All the mountains were pared off the earth, and the surface of it lay even, or in an equal convexity every where with the surface of the sea. Burnet.

    The most poetical parts, which are description and images, were to be pared away, when the body was swollen into too large a bulk for the representation of the stage. Dryden.

    The sword, as it was justly drawn by us, so can it scarce safely be sheathed, ’till the power of the great troubler of our peace be so far pared and reduced, as that we may be under no apprehensions. Francis Atterbury.

    ’Twere well if she would pare her nails. Alexander Pope.


  1. pare

    "Pare" is a verb which commonly refers to trimming or cutting off the outer layer or edges of something, typically with a knife or similar tool. This can apply to various objects, like fruits, vegetables, or wood. It can also metaphorically mean to reduce or cut down something such as expenses or a workforce.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pareverb

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

  2. Pareverb

    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. Pareverb

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

  4. Etymology: [F. parer to pare, as a horse's hoofs, to dress or curry, as, leather, to clear, as anchors or cables, to parry, ward off, fr. L. parare to prepare. Cf. Empire, Parade, Pardon, Parry, Prepare.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pare

    pār, v.t. to cut or shave off: to trim, or to remove by cutting: to diminish by littles.—n. Pār′er, one who, or that which, pares. [Fr. parer—L. parāre, to prepare.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PARE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pare is ranked #9389 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pare surname appeared 3,464 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Pare.

    90.9% or 3,152 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 105 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.5% or 87 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 75 total occurrences were Black.
    1.1% or 39 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.1% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for pare »

  1. aper

  2. pear

  3. rape

  4. reap

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pare in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of pare in a Sentence

  1. Julian Evans-Pritchard:

    Even if other developers avoid a similar fate, construction activity is likely to suffer as they are forced to pare back new projects.

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