pare pare [peə ǁ per] also pare down verb [transitive]
to gradually reduce a number or amount:

• The company has been paring its regional accounting staff.

• Both companies have pared down their operations in order to survive.

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pare UK US /peər/ verb [T]
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.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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