pare - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleparing
past tensepared
past participlepared
  1. 1
    to reduce the total number or amount of something
    pare something down/back:

    The list has been pared down from 9 counties to 4.

    pare something to the bone (=reduce it by as much as you can):

    Government spending on defence has been pared to the bone.

  2. 3
    to cut the nails of your fingers or toes