Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb pare

4 senses of pare

Sense 1
pare, pare down -- (decrease gradually or bit by bit)
       => decrease, lessen, minify -- (make smaller; "He decreased his staff")

Sense 2
whittle, pare -- (cut small bits or pare shavings from; "whittle a piece of wood")
       => cut -- (separate with or as if with an instrument; "Cut the rope")

Sense 3
skin, peel, pare -- (strip the skin off; "pare apples")
       => strip -- (remove the surface from; "strip wood")

Sense 4
pare, trim -- (remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size; "pare one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph"; "trim lumber")
       => cut -- (separate with or as if with an instrument; "Cut the rope")

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