Spare meaning

spâr
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.

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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.

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To give or grant out of one's resources; afford.

Can you spare ten minutes?

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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.

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A replacement, especially a tire, reserved for future need.
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To save or free (a person) from something.

To spare him further inconvenience.

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To refrain from, omit, avoid using, or use frugally.

To spare no effort.

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To practice close economy; be frugal or sparing.
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Not taken up by regular work or duties; free.

Spare time.

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Frugal; meager; scanty.

To live on spare rations.

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Not fleshy; lean; thin.
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A spare, or extra, part, thing, etc.
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(bowling) The act of knocking down all remaining pins in second ball of a frame; this entitles the pins knocked down on the next ball to be added to the score for that frame.
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To treat with mercy or leniency; refrain from killing, injuring, troubling, or distressing; save.
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To be merciful or restrained, as in punishing.
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Not in regular use or immediately needed; extra.

A spare room, a spare tire.

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Economical in style; using simple language and a minimum of words; restrained.
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Scanty; not abundant or plentiful.

A spare diet.

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Being over and above what is necessary, or what must be used or reserved; not wanted, or not used; superfluous.

I have no spare time.

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Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency.

A spare anchor; a spare bed or room.

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Lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
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The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
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Parsimony; frugal use.
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An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
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That which has not been used or expended.
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A spare part, especially a spare tire.
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(bowling) The right of bowling again at a full set of pins, after having knocked all the pins down in less than three bowls. If all the pins are knocked down in one bowl it is a double spare; in two bowls, a single spare.
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To show mercy.
  • (intransitive) To desist; to stop; to refrain.
  • (intransitive) To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
  • To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy.
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To keep.
  • (intransitive) To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
  • To keep to oneself; to forbear to impart or give.
    Spare the rod and spoil the child.
  • } To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
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(to give up): To deprive oneself of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
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To give up the use or possession of; part with or give up conveniently.

Able to spare a cup of sugar.

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to spare
  • In addition to what is needed:
    We paid our bills and had money to spare.
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something to spare
  • a surplus of something
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

something to spare

Origin of spare

  • Middle English sparen from Old English sparian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sparen, sparien, from Old English sparian (“to spare, show mercy to, refrain from injuring or destroying"), from Proto-Germanic *sparōnÄ…, *sparjanÄ… (“to save, keep, spare"), from Proto-Indo-European *sper- (“to be productive, earn"). Cognate with Scots spar, spare, spair (“to spare"), West Frisian sparje (“to save, spare"), Dutch sparen (“to save, spare"), German sparen (“to save, conserve, economise"), Swedish spara (“to save, save up"), Icelandic spara (“to save, conserve").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English spare, spar, from Old English spær (“sparing, scant"), from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (compare Dutch spaarzaam, German sparsam, German spärlich, Swedish sparsam, Icelandic sparr (“sparing")), from Proto-Indo-European *sper- (cf. Latin prosper "˜lucky', Old Church Slavonic sporÅ­ "˜plentiful', Albanian shperr "˜to earn money', Persian سپار (sepār) "˜entrust; deposit', Ancient Greek sparnós "˜rare', Sanskrit sphirá "˜thick').

    From Wiktionary