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pare

[pair] /pɛər/
verb (used with object), pared, paring.
1.
to cut off the outer coating, layer, or part of.
2.
to remove (an outer coating, layer, or part) by cutting (often followed by off or away).
3.
to reduce or remove by or as by cutting; diminish or decrease gradually (often followed by down):
to pare down one's expenses.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English paren < Middle French parer to make ready, trim < Latin parāre to prepare
Related forms
pareable, adjective
unpared, adjective
Can be confused
pair, pare, payer, pear.
Synonyms
1. See peel1 . 3. clip, shave, lessen.
Antonyms
3. increase.

Paré

[pa-rey] /paˈreɪ/
noun
1.
Ambroise
[ahn-brwaz] /ɑ̃ˈbrwaz/ (Show IPA),
1510–90, French surgeon.
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Examples for pare
  • First you need to pare down your teaching prep and teaching time.
  • Physicians called it insane, saying it would do nothing to help plump patients pare down to healthier weights.
  • And the service is currently looking to pare back, rather than increase, its workforce.
  • Governments that boost spending in bad times rarely pare it back later.
  • pare down your current expenses as much as possible.
  • Start with your big question and then pare it down to something that's manageable.
  • It's a good time to pare back to doing only essentials.
  • Cut off the flat top and bottom skin, then simply pare the circular edge with a small knife.
  • However, the appliance business has begun to pare down the high-end beauties to fit comfortably in the less-roomy kitchen.
British Dictionary definitions for pare

pare

/pɛə/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
parer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French parer to adorn, from Latin parāre to make ready

Paré

/French pare/
noun
1.
Ambroise (ɑ̃brwaz). 1510–90, French surgeon. He reintroduced ligature of arteries following amputation instead of cauterization
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Word Origin and History for pare
v.

"to trim by cutting close," c.1300, from Old French parer "arrange, prepare; trim, adorn," and directly from Latin parare "make ready, furnish, provide, arrange, order," related to parere "produce, bring forth, give birth to," from PIE root *pere- "produce, procure, bring forward, bring forth," and derived words in diverse senses (cf. Lithuanian pariu "to brood," Greek poris "calf, bull," Old High German farro, German Farre "bullock," Old English fearr "bull," Sanskrit prthukah "child, calf, young of an animal," Czech spratek "brat, urchin, premature calf"). Generalized meaning "to reduce something little by little" is from 1520s. Related: Pared; paring.

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pare in Medicine

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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