WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
spare /spɛr/USA pronunciation
v., spared, spar•ing,adj., spar•er, spar•est,n.
[~ + object] to refrain from harming, punishing, or killing:The queen decided to spare the condemned man.
[~ + object] to deal gently or kindly with:The critic's harsh review did not spare anyone.
[~ + object + object] to save, as from discomfort:They kept the truth from you to spare you needless embarrassment.
[~ ( + object) + object] to omit or withhold:Spare (me) the gory details.
[~ + object] to keep oneself from using; choose not to use:to spare the rod and spoil the child (= To fail to beat a child sometimes is to spoil the child).
[~ + object] to give or lend, as from a supply, esp. without inconvenience:Can you spare a dollar?
[~ + object] to use or give a small amount of:Don't spare the whipped cream!
kept in reserve, as for possible use:a spare part.
being more than needed:a spare bedroom where you'd be welcome to stay.
not taken up with work or other commitments; free:spare time.
restricted:a spare diet.
lean or thin, such as a person:a short, spare man weighing about 100 lbs.
Automotivea spare thing or part, as an extra tire for emergency use.
spare•ness, n. [uncountable]
Idiomsto spare, remaining; left over:We finished early, with time to spare.
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spare /spɛə/ vb
- (transitive) to refrain from killing, punishing, harming, or injuring
- (transitive) to release or relieve, as from pain, suffering, etc
- (transitive) to refrain from using: spare the rod, spoil the child
- (transitive) to be able to afford or give: I can't spare the time
- (usually passive) (esp of Providence) to allow to survive: I'll see you again next year if we are spared
- (intransitive) rare to act or live frugally
- not spare oneself ⇒ to exert oneself to the full
- to spare ⇒ more than is required: two minutes to spare
- (often immediately postpositive) in excess of what is needed; additional
- able to be used when needed: a spare part
- (of a person) thin and lean
- scanty or meagre
- (postpositive) Brit slang upset, angry, or distracted (esp in the phrase go spare)
Etymology: Old English sparian to refrain from injuring; related to Old Norse spara, Old High German sparōnˈsparely adv ˈspareness n ˈsparer n
- a duplicate kept as a replacement in case of damage or loss
- a spare tyre
- the act of knocking down all the pins with the two bowls of a single frame
- the score thus made
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