pair

I UK [peə(r)] / US [per] noun [countable]
Word forms "pair":
singular pair plural pairs
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1)
a) two things of the same type that belong together

Those boots cost fifty pounds a pair.

pair of:

I need a pair of earrings to go with this outfit.

a pair of beautiful blue eyes

a pair of shoes/socks/gloves

b) one of the things that form a pair
the pair for/to something:

I can't find the pair for this sock.

2) a single unit made up of two similar parts joined together

My glasses are getting old and I probably need a new pair.

pair of:

a pair of scissors/binoculars/pliers

a pair of trousers/pants/tights

3)
a) two people who are connected with each other

The pair became good friends.

pair of:

several pairs of identical twins

a pair of lovers

b) two people who are doing something together
pair of:

Two pairs of guards stood just inside the main entrance to the museum.

4)
a) a male and female animal who breed (= produce baby animals)
pair of:

A pair of sparrows had made a nest in the hedge.

a breeding pair of tropical fish

b) old-fashioned two horses or other animals used for pulling a vehicle

a carriage and pair

5) in card games, two cards that have the same number or picture on them

II UK [peə(r)] / US [per] verb [transitive]
Word forms "pair":
present tense I/you/we/they pair he/she/it pairs present participle pairing past tense paired past participle paired
to put two people or things together

We pair the students for particular courses.

The dress looked wonderful paired with a long leather coat.

Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(of the same kind or suited to each other), , / , , , / , / ,


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