2Often, pare down. reduce, diminish, decrease, cut (back or down), curtail, slash (back), lower, lessen:
Since his illness, Bob has pared down his time at the office. We'll have to pare our prices to stay competitive in the present climate.
Advanced English Dictionary
+verb[VN] 1 ~ sth (off / away) to remove the thin outer layer of sth: First, pare the rind from the lemon. + She pared the apple. + He pared away the excess glue with a razor blade. 2 ~ sth (back / down) to gradually reduce the size or amount: The training budget has been pared back to a minimum. + The workforce has been pared to the bone (= reduced to the lowest possible level). 3 (especially BrE) to cut away the edges of sth, especially your nails, in order to make them smooth and neat See also-PARINGS
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