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par1

[pahr] /pɑr/
noun
1.
an equality in value or standing; a level of equality:
The gains and the losses are on a par.
2.
an average, usual, or normal amount, degree, quality, condition, standard, or the like:
above par; to feel below par.
3.
Golf. the number of strokes set as a standard for a specific hole or a complete course.
4.
Finance.
  1. the legally established value of the monetary unit of one country in terms of that of another using the same metal as a standard of value.
  2. the state of the shares of any business, undertaking, loan, etc., when they may be purchased at the original price (issue par) or at their face value (nominal par)
5.
at par, Finance. (of a share) purchasable at issue par or nominal par.
adjective
6.
average or normal.
7.
Finance. at or pertaining to par:
the par value of a bond.
verb (used with object), parred, parring.
8.
Golf. to equal par on (a hole or course).
Idioms
9.
par for the course, exactly what one might expect; typical:
They were late again, but that's par for the course.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin pār equal

par2

[pahr] /pɑr/
adjective, Insurance.
1.
of or pertaining to participating insurance.
Origin
shortening of participating

par-

1.
variant of para-1. before a vowel:
parenchyma.

par.

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Examples from the web for par
  • But nobody, ever, puts adjuncts even on a par with janitorial staff.
  • But the implicit put option, at par value, is not backed up by any capital or official enhancement whatsoever.
  • Asteroid and comet impacts are par for the course, but human activity is a game changer.
  • Thus so far as hygiene goes, town life will be on a par with country life.
  • Its weight is on par with other smartphones of its size.
  • Yes, our college math is not necessarily on par with the math taught at similar education levels in other countries.
  • But in bond markets, the best a bond can do is to be repaid at par.
  • Power prices are projected to be on par with electricity from natural gas.
  • If it makes you feel any better, it is on par with the absurdities of other religions.
  • Under the new plan, dollar loans will be turned into pesos at par.
British Dictionary definitions for par

par

/pɑː/
noun
1.
an accepted level or standard, such as an average (esp in the phrase up to par)
2.
a state of equality (esp in the phrase on a par with)
3.
(finance) the established value of the unit of one national currency in terms of the unit of another where both are based on the same metal standard
4.
(commerce)
  1. See par value
  2. the condition of equality between the current market value of a share, bond, etc, and its face value (the nominal par). This equality is indicated by at par, while above (or below) par indicates that the market value is above (or below) face value
5.
(golf) an estimated standard score for a hole or course that a good player should make: par for the course was 72
6.
below par, under par, not feeling or performing as well as normal
7.
par for the course, an expected or normal occurrence or situation
adjective
8.
average or normal
9.
(usually prenominal) (commerce) of or relating to par: par value
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pār equal, on a level; see peer1

par-

prefix
1.
a variant of para-1

par.

abbreviation
1.
paragraph
2.
parenthesis
3.
parish

Par.

abbreviation
1.
Paraguay
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Word Origin and History for par
n.

1620s, "equality," also "value of one currency in terms of another," from Latin par "equal, equal-sized, well-matched," also as a noun, "that which is equal, equality," of unknown origin. Watkins suggests perhaps from PIE root *pere- "to grant, allot," with suggestion of reciprocality (see part (n.)).

Another guess connects it with PIE root *per- "to traffic in, sell" (on notion of "give equal value for"); see pornography. Meaning "average or usual amount" is first attested 1767. Golf usage is first attested 1898. Figurative use of par for the course is from 1928.

prep.

"by, for," mid-13c., from Old French par, per, from Latin per (see per).

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par in Medicine

par (pär)
n. pl. pa·ri·a (pä'rē-ə)
A pair; specifically, a pair of cranial nerves.

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Related Abbreviations for par

PAR

  1. post-anesthesia room
  2. preferred arrival route

par.

  1. paragraph
  2. parallel
  3. parenthesis
  4. parish

Par.

  1. Paraguay
  2. Paraguayan
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Idioms and Phrases with par

par

In addition to the idiom beginning with
par
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