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 for pare
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pare \Pare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pared; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Paring.] [F. parer to pare, as a horse's hoofs, to dress or
     curry, as, leather, to clear, as anchors or cables, to parry,
     ward off, fr. L. parare to prepare. Cf. Empire, Parade,
     Pardon, Parry, Prepare.]
     1. To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or
        extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin,
        rind, or outside part, from anything; -- followed by off
        or away; as, to pare off the rind of fruit; to pare away
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen.
        [1913 Webster]
              The king began to pare a little the privilege of
              clergy.                               --Bacon.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: decrease gradually or bit by bit [syn: pare, pare down]
      2: cut small bits or pare shavings from; "whittle a piece of
         wood" [syn: whittle, pare]
      3: strip the skin off; "pare apples" [syn: skin, peel,
      4: remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size; "pare
         one's fingernails"; "trim the photograph"; "trim lumber"
         [syn: pare, trim]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  125 Moby Thesaurus words for "pare":
     abridge, abscind, amputate, annihilate, ax, ban, bar, bark,
     beat down, bisect, bob, break, butcher, carve, cheapen, chop,
     cleave, clip, compress, crop, cull, curtail, cut, cut away,
     cut back, cut down, cut in two, cut off, cut out, cut prices, damp,
     dampen, decline, decorticate, decrease, deduct, deflate,
     depreciate, depress, devaluate, dichotomize, diminish, dissever,
     dive, dock, downgrade, eliminate, enucleate, eradicate, except,
     excise, exclude, excoriate, extinguish, extirpate, fall,
     fall in price, fissure, flay, gash, give way, hack, halve, hew,
     incise, isolate, jew down, jigsaw, knock off, lance, lessen, lop,
     lower, mark down, mutilate, nip, nose-dive, peel, pick out,
     plummet, plunge, prune, reduce, rend, retrench, rive, roll back,
     root out, rule out, sag, saw, scale down, scalp, scissor,
     set apart, set aside, sever, shave, shave off, shear, shorten,
     shuck, simplify, skin, slash, slice, slit, slump, snip, split,
     stamp out, step down, strike off, strip, strip off, sunder,
     take from, take off, take out, tear, trim, truncate, tune down,
     whittle, wipe out

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