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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pare /ˈpær, ˈpɛr/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pare v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pared p. pr. & vb. n. Paring.]
 1. To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof.
 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 redundancies.
 3. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen.
    The king began to pare a little the privilege of clergy.   --Bacon.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: decrease gradually or bit by bit [syn: pare down]
      2: cut small bits or pare shavings from; "whittle a piece of
         wood" [syn: whittle]
      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: trim]