- Spare is defined as something that is not in regular use or is extra.
- An example of spare is a guest bedroom.
- An example of spare is a tire in the car trunk.
- The definition of a spare is something extra in case it is needed.
An example of spare is making a second turkey for the dinner.
- Spare means to treat someone with mercy, avoid using something or save someone from something.
An example of spare is the governor calling off a prisoner's execution.
spare definition by Webster's New World
- to treat with mercy or leniency; refrain from killing, injuring, troubling, or distressing; save
- to save or free a person from (something): to spare someone trouble
- to refrain from, omit, avoid using, or use frugally: to spare no effort
- to give up the use or possession of; part with or give up conveniently: able to spare a cup of sugar
Origin: Middle English sparien ; from Old English sparian, akin to spær, thrifty, German sparen, to save: see space
- to practice close economy; be frugal or sparing
- to be merciful or restrained, as in punishing
- not in regular use or immediately needed; extra: a spare room, a spare tire
- not taken up by regular work or duties; free: spare time
- frugal; meager; scanty: to live on spare rations
- not fleshy; lean; thin
- economical in style; using simple language and a minimum of words; restrained
- a spare, or extra, part, thing, etc.
- ☆ Bowling
- the act of knocking down all the pins with two consecutive rolls of the ball
- a score so made
spare definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb spared spared, spar·ing, spares verb, transitive
- To refrain from treating harshly; treat mercifully or leniently.
- To refrain from harming or destroying.
- To save or relieve from experiencing or doing (something): spared herself the trouble of going.
- To hold back from; withhold or avoid: spared no expense for the celebration.
- To use with restraint: Don't spare the mustard.
- To give or grant out of one's resources; afford: Can you spare ten minutes?
- To be frugal.
- To refrain from inflicting harm; be merciful or lenient.
- a. Kept in reserve: a spare part; a spare pair of sneakers.b. Being in excess of what is needed; extra. See Synonyms at superfluous.c. Free for other use; unoccupied: spare time.
- a. Not lavish, abundant, or excessive: a spare diet.b. Lean and trim. See Synonyms at lean2.
- Not profuse or copious.
- A replacement, especially a tire, reserved for future need.
- Sports a. The act of knocking down all ten pins with two successive rolls of a bowling ball.b. The score so made.
Origin: Middle English sparen, from Old English sparian.
- spareˈly adverb
- spareˈness noun
- sparˈer noun
spare - Phrases/Idioms
something to spare