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Meaning of “pair” in the English Dictionary

"pair" in British English

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pairnoun [C]

uk   /peər/  us   /per/
A2 two things of the same ​appearance and ​size that are ​intended to be used together, or something that consists of two ​partsjoined together: a pair ofshoes/​gloves a pair ofscissors/​glasses I can't ​find a ​matching pair of ​socks. He ​packed two pairs of ​trousers and four ​shirts. I'd like you to do this ​exercise in pairs (= in ​groups of two). two ​people who have a ​romanticrelationship or are doing something together: They ​seem a very ​happy pair. What have the pair of you been up to? two ​animals that come together to have ​sex and ​produceyoung: a ​breeding pair a ​mated pair of ​swans

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pairverb [I,T]

uk   /peər/  us   /per/
(Definition of pair from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pair" in American English

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pairnoun [C]

 us   /peər/ (plural pairs or pair)
two things of the same ​appearance and ​size that are ​intended to be used together, or something that consists of two ​partsjoined together: a pair of ​gloves/​shoes a pair of ​pants/​scissors Each ​packagecontains three pairs of ​socks.

pairverb [I/T]

 us   /peər/
to make or ​become one of a pair: [T] Famous ​paintings have been paired with ​poems by Sandburg, Angelou, and ​others.
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(Definition of pair from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pair" in Business English

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pairnoun [C]

uk   us   /peər/
two ​people, things, or ​organizations that ​work, are used, or appear together: The pair are ​accused of securities ​fraud. The ​carpentersworked in pairs.

pairverb

uk   us   /peər/
[T] (also pair off) to ​combine two things to ​produce a particular ​result: pair (off) sth with sth He is ​asking the ​state for a $26 million ​investment to be paired with ​privatesupport of $10 million. Some ​fundscombinelong and ​shortpositions, usually pairing off ​stocks in the same ​industry.
[I or T] to put two ​people or ​groups together to ​work or learn something, or to ​form a ​group of two for these ​purposes: The ​instructor paired us off, so that we could ​test the new ​techniques.pair sb (off) with sb Ms. Morris was paired with Ms. Lindsay, with whom she ​spent two days ​learning about various aspects of ​running a wine ​business. Employees paired off and began their ​tasks.
(Definition of pair from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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