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

     

    pare

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//peə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//per//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pare
    BrE BrE//peə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//per//
     
    he / she / it pares
    BrE BrE//peəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//perz//
     
    past simple pared
    BrE BrE//peəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//perd//
     
    past participle pared
    BrE BrE//peəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//perd//
     
    -ing form paring
    BrE BrE//ˈpeərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈperɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to remove the thin outer layer of something, especially of fruit pare something She pared the apple. pare something from something First, pare the rind from the lemon. pare something off/away He pared away the excess glue with a razor blade. see also paring knife
  2. 2pare something (back/down) to gradually reduce the size or amount The training budget has been pared back to a minimum. The workforce has been pared to the bone (= reduced to the lowest possible level).
  3. 3pare something (especially British English) to cut away the edges of something, especially your nails, in order to make them smooth and neat see also parings
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French parer ‘adorn, prepare’, also ‘peel, trim’, from Latin parare ‘prepare’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pare