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Definition of pare:

  1. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen.
  2. To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof.
  3. To remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin, ring, or outside part, from anything; - followed by off or away; as; to pare off the ring of fruit; to pare away redundancies.

Synonyms:

scramble, scalp, bark, unclothe, undress, dress, carve, pare down, shin, lop, cut back, increase, trim back, strip down, flake off, bring down, shinny, scrape, peel off, clamber, uncase, cut down, discase, trim down, put on, sputter, disrobe, peel, flake, scale, whittle, flay, chop, skin, struggle, garnish, snip, trim, decorticate, strip.

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