Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: parer 'to prepare, make neat', from Latin parare 'to prepare'


pare [transitive]
1DFC to cut off the outer layer of something, using a sharp knife:
Pare the rind from the fruit.
2 to reduce the amount, number, or size of something as much as you can:
The firm has not been able to pare costs fast enough to match competitors.
The country's defences have been pared to the bone (=reduced as far as possible).

pare something ↔ down

phrasal verb
to reduce something, especially by making a lot of small reductions:
The list was pared down for the final interviews.
pared-down adjective:
Even in its pared-down form, the contract was unacceptable.

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