verb (used with object), pared, paring.
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.

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

pareable, adjective
unpared, adjective

pair, pare, payer, pear.

1. See peel1. 3. clip, shave, lessen.

3. increase. Unabridged
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pare (pɛə)
1.  to peel or cut (the outer layer) from (something)
2.  to cut the edges from (the nails); trim
3.  to decrease bit by bit
[C13: from Old French parer to adorn, from Latin parāre to make ready]

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

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Word Origin & History

"to trim by cutting close," c.1320, from O.Fr. parer "arrange, prepare, trim," from L. parare "make ready," related to parere "produce, bring forth, give birth to," from PIE base *per- "to bring forward, bring forth" (cf. Lith. pariu "to brood," Gk. poris "calf, bull," O.H.G. farro, Ger. Farre "bullock,"
O.E. fearr "bull," Skt. prthukah "child, calf, young of an animal," Czech spratek "brat, urchin, premature calf"). Generalized meaning "to reduce something little by little" is from 1530.
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Paré Pa·ré (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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He considered, discarded and pared down ideas for months before he squeezed
  even a drop of paint onto his palette.
They have pared the claws and drawn the teeth of these human tigers.
Gradually these are pared away as the organism grows.
Both gave eloquent, insightful and funny interviews that were inevitably pared
  down into a few short quotes for the feature.
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