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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ After removing the tape, pare away any surplus adhesive with a razor blade.
▪ All this has been pared away in favor of ideas and a spare, urgent prose style.
▪ The rest could be pared away.
▪ Her romantic self-projection is pared away to reveal a character at once complacent, grasping, disingenuous and manipulative ....
▪ But now, in the main, companies are leaner and fitter; they have pared down their operations in order to survive.
▪ To fit in with the minimalist style of living, the couple had to pare down their possessions drastically.
▪ Superintendent Pam Saylor recommended paring down some expenses Monday, or the cost would have been even higher.
▪ But whereas caricature depends on paring down character to exaggerated essentials, acting conveys shades, nuances and inconsistencies.
▪ By necessity my beauty routine is pared down to the basics of cleansing, toning and moisturising.
▪ Mr Hall has pared down the bebop style and you are left with the spirit, minus the meaningless displays of technique.
▪ It's pared down, sculpted; yet it bursts with life, with a profane energy and speed.
Pare one small apple and then dice it.
▪ But whereas caricature depends on paring down character to exaggerated essentials, acting conveys shades, nuances and inconsistencies.
▪ In our quest for experiencing the ultimate New York hotel bar, we must pare down the prospects.
▪ Mr Hall has pared down the bebop style and you are left with the spirit, minus the meaningless displays of technique.
▪ The banking industry is aggressively paring its ranks, and the current wave of megamergers simply means more layoffs.
▪ The problem with the Journal is that we are a small society trying to pare costs to the minimum.
▪ The rest could be pared away.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pare \Pare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pared; p. pr. & vb. n. Paring.] [F. parer to pare, as a horse's hoofs, to dress or curry, as, leather, to clear, as anchors or cables, to parry, ward off, fr. L. parare to prepare. Cf. Empire, Parade, Pardon, Parry, Prepare.]

  1. To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof.

  2. To remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin, rind, or outside part, from anything; -- followed by off or away; as, to pare off the rind of fruit; to pare away redundancies.

  3. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen.

    The king began to pare a little the privilege of clergy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to trim by cutting close," c.1300, from Old French parer "arrange, prepare; trim, adorn," and directly from Latin parare "make ready, prepare, furnish, provide, arrange, order; contrive, design, intend, resolve; procure, acquire, obtain, get; get with money, buy, purchase" (related to parere "produce, bring forth, give birth to"), from PIE *par-a-, suffixed form of root *pere- (1) "produce, procure, bring forward, bring forth," and derived words in diverse senses (cognates: 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.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) to remove the outer covering or skin of something with a cutting device, typically a knife 2 (context transitive English) to reduce, diminish or trim gradually something as if by cutting off 3 to trim the hoof of a horse

  1. v. decrease gradually or bit by bit [syn: pare down]

  2. cut small bits or pare shavings from; "whittle a piece of wood" [syn: whittle]

  3. strip the skin off; "pare apples" [syn: skin, peel]

  4. remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size; "pare one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph"; "trim lumber" [syn: trim]


Parè is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Como in the Italian region Lombardy, located about northwest of Milan and about west of Como, on the border with Switzerland. As of 31 December 2007, it had a population of 1,784 and an area of .

Parè borders the following municipalities: Cavallasca, Chiasso (Switzerland), Drezzo, Faloppio, Gironico, Olgiate Comasco.


Paré is a family name of French origin. Some of the people who bear this name are:

  • Ambroise Paré (c. 1510–1590), French surgeon
  • François Paré (born 1949), Quebecois author and academic
  • Jean Paré (born 1927), Canadian cookbook author
  • Jessica Paré (born 1980), Canadian actress
  • Mark Paré (born 1957), Canadian NHL official
  • Michael Paré (born 1958), American actor
  • Pargui Emile Paré, Burkinabé politician
  • Philippe Paré (born 1935), Canadian educator and politician
  • Sammy Paré, fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe

Pare may refer to:

PARE (aviation)

In aviation, PARE is a mnemonic for a generic spin recovery technique applicable to many types of fixed-wing aircraft.

Usage examples of "pare".

CBA television and radio network and affiliated stations, strict financial controls had been introduced, budgets pared and redundant personnel dismissed.

Concentrating a moment over her artistry, she picked up the paring knife from the table and began to cut little wisps of hair in front of her ears until each had a soft curl dangling in front of it.

Pare says the wife of Pierre de Feure, an iron merchant, living at Chasteaudun, menstruated such quantities from the breasts each month that several serviettes were necessary to receive the discharge.

She called on her acquaintance, the Dowager Countess of Mauberges, who lived in the fragile gentility of a small house behind the rue Montagne du Pare.

With the paring of a peare, And drynke them without feare If you will have remedy.

Pare speaks of a woman who, besides a vulva, from which she menstruated, had a penis, but without prepuce or signs of erectility.

Pare in 1549 gives several instances of 5 children at a birth, and Pliny reports that in the peninsula of Greece there was a woman who gave birth to quintuplets on four different occasions.

According to Pare there was born in 1493, as the result of illicit intercourse between a woman and a dog, a creature resembling in its upper extremities its mother, while its lower extremities were the exact counterpart of its canine father.

He threatened Sensar with a paring knife, demanding the return of the cut-toll.

According to her, he did not adhere to the stipulated diet, he pared his nails with an iron knife, had his hair cut with an iron razor, and wore knots and buckles.

Well, so it seems that by the time we went up the hill, Doctor Pare had run out of the oil of elder and Theriac, and so, for want of something better, he mixed up what he called a Digestive.

And there was no Doppler shift to reveal the velocity of retreat: the far side was being pared away, not pushed away, and the new, gray borderlight was being emitted from a succession of different surfaces, not a single moving source that could act as a clock.

Boerhaave, Pare, and Fabricius Hildanus all speak of this untoward effect of venery, and in modern times Poncet has made observations at a hospital in Lyons which prove that during the process of healing wounds are unduly and harmfully influenced by coitus, and cites confirmatory instances.

Choosing a forklike utensil, Stevens carefully pared off a sliver of the mass and popped it into his mouth.

As soon as she joined Hutu, he swung a tree so high that he dragged Pare back into the light.