- 1 to 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.
- 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). see also parings
NAmE//pɛr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pare
he / she / it pares
past simple pared
-ing form paring