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

v strip the skin off

pare apples”
Synonyms:
peel, skin
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

v cut small bits or pare shavings from

Synonyms:
whittle
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size

pare one's fingernails”
Synonyms:
trim
Types:
dress
cut down rough-hewn (lumber) to standard thickness and width
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v decrease gradually or bit by bit

Synonyms:
pare down
Type of:
decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller

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