Meaning of “pare” in the English Dictionary

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"pare" in British English

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pareverb [ T often + adv/prep ]

uk /peər/ us /per/

to cut away the outer layer from something, especially a fruit or a vegetable:

He was busy paring apples in the kitchen.
Pare off any bits of the carrots that don't look very nice.

to reduce something, especially by a large amount:

The three-hour play has been pared (down/back) to two hours.

(Definition of “pare” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pare" in American English

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pareverb [ T ]

us /peər/

to cut away the thin outer layer of something, esp. food, or to reduce the size of something:

[ M ] He turned the blade to pare off a piece of cheese.
[ M ] We have to pare down and eliminate the waste and inefficiency.
[ T ] Simon had to pare the play.

(Definition of “pare” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pare" in Business English

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pareverb [ T ]

uk /peər/ us

to reduce an amount or number of something:

The city manager is trying to pare down the number of tax-exempt organizations that donate to the city.
Each department should submit plans to pare 2.5% from their budgets this fiscal year.

(Definition of “pare” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)