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pare

pare

 
 
pronunciation:
peIr
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pared, pares, paring
definition 1: to cut off the outer layer or ends from.
She pared the potatoes.
synonyms:
peel
similar words:
shave, skin
definition 2: to cut off (the outer layer of something).
We were paring the skin from the apples.
synonyms:
peel
similar words:
prune, scale
definition 3: to reduce or diminish gradually by or as if by cutting.
We must pare our costs of production.
synonyms:
diminish, prune, reduce
similar words:
crop, cut, decrease, lessen, retrench
derivation: parer (n.)
Homophone Note
The words pare, pair, and pear sound alike but have different meanings.