Synonyms for pare:

Sense 1

nail varnish, nail polish, nail scissors, decorticate, nail file, nail brush, nail clippers, manicure, emery board, nail bar.

Sense 3


Sense 6


cut short



cut back.


lower, mark down.

peel off



abbreviate, truncate.



Other synonyms and related words:

scale, flay, discase, pare down, peel, skin, clamber, snip, sputter, peel off, strip, lop, cut down, trim down, unclothe, bark, manicure, decorticate, uncase, whittle, scrape, flake off, trim back, undress, cut back, flake, garnish, bring down, dress, disrobe, chop.

Sense 1 (noun)


Sense 3 (noun)

nail varnish, nail brush, emery board, nail file, nail bar, scale, nail polish, decorticate, manicure, nail scissors, nail clippers.

pare (noun)

peel, whittle, trim, pare down, skin.

change (verb)

pare down.

cheapen (verb)

debase, belittle, cheapen, degrade, mark down, slash, devalue, devaluate.

diminish (verb)

cull, taper, shrink, contract, shear, shave, weed, decrease, deflate, compact, prune, downgrade, abbreviate, erode, diminish, minimize, reduce, clip, drain, crop, dwindle, compress, concentrate, bob, deplete, shorten, lighten, lessen, truncate, nip, abridge, curtail, decrement, condense, trim.

peel, trim (verb)

decrease, scrape, cut, cut down, prune, shave, mark down, lop, crop, lower, decorticate, strip, dock, slash, skin, cut back, shear, reduce, flay, clip.

separate (verb)

disjoin, disassociate, disaffiliate, incise, halve, slice, detach, uncouple, rip, Unfix, disassemble, split, estrange, segregate, cleave, disconnect, insulate, part, dismantle, disintegrate, alienate, Unglue, disunite, axe, disengage, rend, excise, sunder, fragment, amputate, divorce, remove, separate, divide, unhinge, dissect, dissociate, scissor, sever, bisect, disarticulate, break.

subtract (verb)

delete, lower, cut, dock, discount, elide, subtract, depreciate, deduct.

Usage examples for pare:

  • It was nine o'clock in the evening and the company were awaiting Ambroise Pare. - "Catherine de' Medici", Honore de Balzac.
  • The first thing to do is to pare off the turf. - "Roses and Rose Growing", Rose Georgina Kingsley.

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