pare

To pare is to trim — like when you pare branches on a tree or pare down your expenses to save money.

Pare comes from the Latin word parare, meaning "to prepare." Think of peeling potatoes, which you might do with a paring knife, or paring your nails so you'll make a neat appearance. In each case, you are trimming something gradually. If you pare down your expectations, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Definitions of pare
  1. verb
    strip the skin off
    pare apples”
    synonyms: peel, skin
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    types:
    peel off
    peel off the outer layer of something
    flay
    strip the skin off
    exfoliate
    remove the surface, in scales or laminae
    type of:
    strip
    remove the surface from
  2. verb
    cut small bits or pare shavings from
    synonyms: whittle
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    type of:
    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  3. verb
    remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size
    pare one's fingernails”
    synonyms: trim
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    types:
    dress
    cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
    type of:
    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  4. verb
    decrease gradually or bit by bit
    synonyms: pare down
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    type of:
    decrease, lessen, minify
    make smaller
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