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  Dictionary Definition of pare

pare
verb (t), pared, paring.

1. to cut off the outer coating, layer, or part of: to pare apples.
-- phrase
2. pare down, to reduce or remove by, or as if by, cutting; diminish little by little: to pare down one's expenses.
3. pare off ; pare away, to remove (an outer coating, layer, or part) by cutting.
[ME pare ( n ), from OF parer prepare, trim, from L parare ]