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Pair vs. pare vs. pear

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  • A pair is a set of two. The word also works as a verb meaning to provide a partner or to make a set of two.

    To pare (often with the preposition down) is to trim off the outer parts (of something). The word is often used figuratively. For example, when a household budget is tight, you might pare your grocery expenses.

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    A pear is a fruit with a spherical base and a tapered top, as well as the tree that bears this fruit.

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