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Definition of 'spare'


  1. an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
       Synonyms: spare part
  2. an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle
       Synonyms: fifth wheel
  3. a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls


  1. refrain from harming
       Synonyms: save
  2. save or relieve from an experience or action; "I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"
  3. give up what is not strictly needed; "he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"
       Synonyms: give up part with dispense with
  4. use frugally or carefully


  1. thin and fit; "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise"
       Synonyms: trim
  2. more than is needed, desired, or required; "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy"
       Synonyms: excess extra redundant supererogatory superfluous supernumerary surplus
  3. not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands"
       Synonyms: free
  4. kept in reserve especially for emergency use; "a reserve supply of food"; "a spare tire"; "spare parts"
  5. lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet"
       Synonyms: bare scanty
  6. lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
       Synonyms: plain bare unembellished unornamented

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