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


Ambroise [ahn-brwaz] , 1510–90, French surgeon. 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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Example sentences
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
Governments that boost spending in bad times rarely pare it back later.
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