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Meaning of PARE

Pronunciation:  pehr

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  decrease gradually or bit by bit
  2. [v]  remove the edges from; "pare one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph"
  3. [v]  strip the skin off ("pare apples")
  4. [v]  cut small bits or pare shavings from; "whittle a piece of wood"
 

PARE is a 4 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: pare down, peel, skin, trim, whittle
 
 See Also: cut, decrease, flay, lessen, minify, peel off, strip

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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,
   ring, or outside part, from anything; -- followed by off
   or away; as; to pare off the ring 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.                               --Bacon.

 
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