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[pair] /pɛər/
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.
Origin of pare
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.
1. See peel1 . 3. clip, shave, lessen.
3. increase. Unabridged
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  • Veterans of the winter, at rest behind the lines, sat in the sun and pared potatoes for the midday meal.

    The Amazing Interlude Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The black strips at the end of each nail, Martin pared off with his jackknife.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • The flesh side of the leather is then pared with the moon-knife, or in the shaving machine, to equalise the thickness.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
  • Should the edges of the cheese project, they must be pared off.

  • Then add two pints of boiling water, four cupfuls of crushed sugar, the juice of four lemons and the rind of the same, pared thin.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
British Dictionary definitions for pared


verb (transitive)
to peel or cut (the outer layer) from (something)
to cut the edges from (the nails); trim
to decrease bit by bit
Derived Forms
parer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French parer to adorn, from Latin parāre to make ready


/French pare/
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 pared



"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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pared 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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