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.
scramble, cut back, garnish, scrape, lop, carve, whittle, clamber, scale, scalp, peel off, chop, decorticate, peel, strip, cut down, uncase, put on, increase, bark, disrobe, strip down, shin, pare down, unclothe, shinny, sputter, discase, trim back, flake, dress, struggle, flay, skin, trim down, bring down, snip, undress, flake off
cheapen (part of speech: verb)
separate (part of speech: verb)
dissociate, remove, sever, incise, bisect, separate, halve, disassemble, amputate, disconnect, rend, split, unhinge, cleave, estrange, sunder, disintegrate, disjoin, scissor, disengage, rip, disassociate, divide, excise, uncouple, dissect, fragment, dismantle, disaffiliate, axe, unglue, segregate, unfix, disunite, alienate, break, part, detach, disarticulate, divorce, slice, insulate
subtract (part of speech: verb)
diminish (part of speech: verb)
decrease, drain, diminish, lighten, cull, compress, erode, condense, concentrate, shorten, decrement, curtail, clip, minimize, shrink, taper, deflate, lessen, abbreviate, deplete, abridge, prune, nip, reduce, shave, downgrade, shear, contract, truncate, trim, compact, crop, dwindle, weed, bob
- Pare them, and cut them in halves or in quarters. - "Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry Cakes, and Sweetmeats", Miss Leslie.
- At a few years' later date he took great pains to pare and polish himself down to the pattern of the rest of the world, but he never succeeded; an unique stamp marked him always. - "Shirley", Charlotte BrontÃ«.
- Send for Ambroise Pare. - "Catherine de' Medici", Honore de Balzac.