Definition of pair verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pair

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//peə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//per//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pair
    BrE BrE//peə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//per//
     
    he / she / it pairs
    BrE BrE//peəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//perz//
     
    past simple paired
    BrE BrE//peəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//perd//
     
    past participle paired
    BrE BrE//peəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//perd//
     
    -ing form pairing
    BrE BrE//ˈpeərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈperɪŋ//
     
     
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    make groups of two
  1. 1[transitive, usually passive] to put people or things into groups of two pair A with B Each blind student was paired with a sighted student. pair A (and B) (together) All the shoes on the floor were neatly paired.
  2. of animals/birds
  3. 2[intransitive] (specialist) to come together in order to breed Many of the species pair for life.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French paire, from Latin paria ‘equal things’, neuter plural of par ‘equal’. Formerly phrases such as a pair of gloves were expressed without of, as in a pair gloves (compare with German ein Paar Handschuhe).Extra examples Bryant was paired with a newcomer to the team. Julie paired up with Rob for the quiz. She was always trying to pair him off with some young woman or another. Phrasal Verbspair off (with somebody)pair up (with somebody)
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