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pair

pair

 
 
pronunciation:
peIr
parts of speech:
noun, verb
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
inflections: pair, pairs
definition 1: two things that are alike and meant to be used together.
I bought a new pair of shoes yesterday.
 
similar words:
brace, couple, match, set
definition 2: a single object made up of two parts joined together.
He brought five pairs of shorts to camp.
 
definition 3: two persons who are married, engaged, or living together, or who like the same things.
Those two friends are a happy pair.
synonyms:
couple
similar words:
match, team
definition 4: two animals brought together to mate or to work.
A pair of horses pulled the hay wagon.
synonyms:
team
similar words:
brace, couple, set, span, yoke
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: paired, pairing, pairs
definition: to put into groups of two; make a pair or pairs of.
The teacher paired the students before we entering the museum.
synonyms:
couple
similar words:
arrange, assemble, combine, connect, join, marry, match, organize, unite
Homophone Note
The words pair, pare, and pear sound alike but have different meanings.