The verb pare means to remove, reduce, or cut back. The noun pair means a couple. The noun pear refers to the fruit.
- Universities are trying to pare their budgets as funds from donors and the state shrivel.
- Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.
- Pear trees are more tolerant of the cold than apples.
(a) On cold days I wear an extra _____ of socks.
(b) When you travel, try to _____ down your belongings to the essentials.
(c) A fresh, ripe _____ is intensely sweet.