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Definition of PARE

2 definitions found:

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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     3. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen. [1913 Webster]

              The king began to pare a little the privilege of clergy.                               --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

125 Moby Thesaurus words for "pare":
     abridge, abscind, amputate, annihilate, ax, ban, bar, bark, beat down, bisect, bob, break, butcher, carve, cheapen, chop, cleave, clip, compress, crop, cull, curtail, cut, cut away, cut back, cut down, cut in two, cut off, cut out, cut prices, damp, dampen, decline, decorticate, decrease, deduct, deflate, depreciate, depress, devaluate, dichotomize, diminish, dissever, dive, dock, downgrade, eliminate, enucleate, eradicate, except, excise, exclude, excoriate, extinguish, extirpate, fall, fall in price, fissure, flay, gash, give way, hack, halve, hew, incise, isolate, jew down, jigsaw, knock off, lance, lessen, lop, lower, mark down, mutilate, nip, nose-dive, peel, pick out, plummet, plunge, prune, reduce, rend, retrench, rive, roll back, root out, rule out, sag, saw, scale down, scalp, scissor, set apart, set aside, sever, shave, shave off, shear, shorten, shuck, simplify, skin, slash, slice, slit, slump, snip, split, stamp out, step down, strike off, strip, strip off, sunder, take from, take off, take out, tear, trim, truncate, tune down, whittle, wipe out

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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