tr.v. pared, par·ing, pares
1. To remove the outer covering or skin of with a knife or similar instrument: pare apples.
2. To remove by or as if by cutting, clipping, or shaving: pared off the excess dough; pared fat from the budget.
3. To reduce, as in quantity or size; trim: pare expenses.
[Middle English paren, from Old French parer, to prepare, trim, from Latin parāre, to prepare; see perə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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