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Pair, Pear, or Pare

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1. pair [p] 1. (n.) two identical, similar, or corresponding things that are meant to be used together (a pair of gloves, a pair of shoes/socks); 2. (n.) - a thing that has two parts that are joined (a pair of glasses/scissors/underwear); 3. (n.) two people connected with each other (a married, engaged, or dating couple); 4. (n.) - two people who do something together (a pair of hunters); 5. (n.) - two animals that mate together; 6. (v.) - to put (two people or things) together

1. I bought a pair of socks for my daughter.
2. Three pairs of eyes were staring at Robert, waiting for him to begin the fairy tale.
3. Every girl was paired with a boy during the dancing lessons.

2. pear [p] (n.) an edible fruit; the tree itself

1. There are three apples and four pears on the table.
2. The kids were standing under the pear tree.

3. pare [p] (v.) 1. to cut away the outer layer or part of; to peel the outer layer of a fruit or a vegetable (to pare an apple); 2. to remove by or as if by cutting, clipping, or shaving (often followed by off or away); 3. pare down - to reduce, as in quantity or size (often followed by down):;

1. My mother took an apple from the basket and pared it.
2. Wait a minute, mom. I'm paring my nails.
3. We have to find a way to pare the company's budget.
4. The sale of this division is part of our efforts to pare down the expenses.

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