pare: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pâr), [key]
— pared, par•ing.
  1. to cut off the outer coating, layer, or part of.
  2. to remove (an outer coating, layer, or part) by cutting (often fol. by off or away).
  3. to reduce or remove by or as by cutting; diminish or decrease gradually (often fol. by down): to pare down one's expenses.


Pronunciation: (pa-rā'), [key]
  1. 1510–90, French surgeon.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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