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Definitions of spare

  1. lacking in amplitude or quantity; " a bare livelihood"; " a scanty harvest"; " a spare diet"
  2. to give up as not strictly needed: he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey.
  3. 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"
  4. not taken up by scheduled activities; " a free hour between classes"; " spare time on my hands"
  5. kept in reserve especially for emergency use; " a reserve supply of food"; " a spare tire"; " spare parts"
  6. refrain from harming
  7. save or relieve from an experience or action; " I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"
  8. a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls
  9. an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
  10. thin and fit; " the spare figure of a marathon runner"; " a body kept trim by exercise"
  11. just sufficient; " the library had a spare but efficient look"
  12. an extra car wheel and tire for a four- wheel vehicle
  13. use frugally or carefully
  14. give up what is not strictly needed; " he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"
  15. Thin; lean.
  16. Slow.
  17. To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save.
  18. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
  19. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
  20. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
  21. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
  22. To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
  23. To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
  24. To desist; to stop; to refrain.
  25. Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
  26. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
  27. Being over and above what is necessary, or what must be used or reserved; not wanted, or not used; superfluous; as, I have no spare time.
  28. Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.
  29. Lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
  30. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
  31. Parsimony; frugal use.
  32. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
  33. That which has not been used or expended.
  34. 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.
  35. To use in a frugal or saving manner; use rarely; as, spare the rod; part with without inconvenience; refuse to punish; treat leniently; as, to spare the feelings.
  36. To live frugally or cheaply; forbear or forgive.
  37. Thin or lean; scanty; held in reserve; as, a spare room; more than enough; as, spare cash.
  38. To use frugally: to do without: to save from any use: to withhold from: to treat tenderly: to part with willingly.
  39. To be frugal: to forbear: to be tender: to forgive.
  40. Sparing: frugal scanty: lean: superfluous.
  41. SPARENESS.
  42. To use frugally.
  43. Frugal; scanty; lean; superfluous.
  44. To be frugal; forbear.
  45. To use frugally; do without; save from anything; grant.
  46. To firbear to injure or punish.
  47. To dispense with; bestow.
  48. To be lenient or forgiving; refrain.
  49. To be frugal.
  50. That can be spared.
  51. Held in reserve.
  52. Not abundant.
  53. Scanty; parsimonious; superfluous; lean.
  54. To use frugally; not to waste; to withhold; to do without; to omit; to treat tenderly; to forbear to afflict, punish, or destroy; to allow.
  55. To live frugally; to forbear; to forgive; to be tender.
  56. Scanty; frugal; held in reserve; not abundant; not required for present use; lean.
  57. To refrain from using, taking, or doing something; to part with willingly; to treat with tenderness or forbearance; to live frugally; to save from any particular use; to exercise forbearance.
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Antonyms for spare

babylonian, squandering, humanitarian, occupied, rhetorical, thick, compassionate, proliferative, adequate, poor, habitable, beefy, prodigal, kindly, prolific, purple, florid, blubbery, muscular, fruitful, burly, cornucopian, penalize, comfortable, adorned, greathearted, sinewy, beneficent, gross, bountiful, palatial, plush, openhearted, sumptuous, scarce, obese, fat, luxury, insufficient, serviceable, fulsome, fleshed out, profligate, thriftless, wasting, bounteous, squat, freehearted, heavyset, wasteful, chunky, tolerable, spendthrift, punish, productive, castigate, flourishing, open, necessary, lush, niggardly, meager, plentiful, hospitable, zaftig, sufficient, fecund, short, excess, plump, inadequate, stumpy, soft, thickset, weighty, thriving, acceptable, Unthrifty, heavy, abundant, selfless, openhanded, lucullan, bighearted, stocky, bulky, silken, roly-poly, palace, chasten, podgy, good-hearted, blooming, extra, decorated, hulking, unstinting, magnanimous, pudgy, Dissipating, ornate, fine, mesomorphic, flabby, portly, paunchy, free, unselfish, fairish, fertile, full, riotous, replete, stout, scant, surplus, good, chubby, teeming, altruistic, plenteous, Magnific, shortish, husky, aureate, passable, Frittering, overweight, luxuriant, overgenerous, round, charitable, unsparing, rich, freehanded, benevolent, rotund, satisfactory, hippy, hefty, generous, buxom, fleshy, squatty, all-right, brawny, handsome, galore, plenty, livable, chastise, lavish, luxe, aplenty, profuse, Fructuous, extravagant, Lardy, philanthropic, munificent, ample, tubby, decent, swarming, scanty, splurging, liberal, deluxe, dumpy, plushy, gushing, bursting, inhabitable, potbellied, enough, O.K., flowery, sparse, corpulent, respectable, deficient, grandiloquent, beer-bellied, opulent, skimpy, copious, stubby, luxurious.

Quotes of spare

  1. Our congressional district is the fastest growing in the state. Nowhere is there a greater need for new and improved roads and transit systems that will spare us the hours we spend each day in traffic. – Judy Biggert
  2. Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go. – Josh Billings
  3. There's time enough, but none to spare – Charles W. Chesnutt
  4. Spare all I have, and take my life. – George Farquhar
  5. I deserve all the love you can spare me. And I want a lot more than I deserve. – Dashiell Hammett
  6. There are men and women still on the streets, and that's all they are saying Can you spare a quarter? I come from a crowd of people who were current on the outlook on life, who were social and knew where they were and had some input into how things seemed to be. – Abbey Lincoln
  7. I walk my dogs. I garden a little. I play a bit of tennis. Basically when I have spare time I'm making music. – Bill Mumy
  8. We should begin to remind people they are always after your money and if you are on something around average earnings you really don't have that spare capacity to pay for all these follies that Labour keep spending their money on. – John Redwood
  9. A masculine education cannot spare from professional study and the necessary acquisition of languages, the time and attention which I have bestowed on the compositions of my countrymen. – Anne Seward
  10. I hardly have any spare time! But when I do, I garden a lot- I love plants and flowers. – Soundarya
  11. A short reign does not spare the masses. – Publius Papinius Statius
  12. You are right that I don't have a lot of spare time because I love to stay busy and keep my calendar full. – Kiana Tom
  13. As I was working I noticed that the way I designed the differential gearing actually created a spare drive that sat directly below the emperor's feet, or where they would be if he were to sit in the chariot. – Kit Williams
  14. I had a friend whose family had dinner together. The mother would tuck you in at night and make breakfast in the morning. They even had a spare bike for a friend. It just seemed so amazing to me. – Moon Unit Zappa

Usage examples for spare

  1. " For heaven's sake, don't spare me! – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  2. If you can spare her. – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  3. She wished she could have run before him, to spare him. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  4. I was not sure you could spare the time. – The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
  5. They are to take my friends, my people, and spare me. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  6. M'sieur had plenty of time, and to spare – The Black Bag by Louis Joseph Vance
  7. " We have enough and to spare – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  8. Yet I would not spare the past. – The Dead Lake and Other Tales by Paul Heyse
  9. But, on the whole, I think I can't spare her quite so long. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  10. Mr. Mason, if it were possible that I could spare you I would do so. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  11. I read every spare minute of the day, and most of the night. – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  12. I see no reason why I should spare you. – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  13. Effie went up to her when she had a moment to spare – A Girl in Ten Thousand by L. T. Meade
  14. I've got half an hour to spare – Command by William McFee
  15. " Spare your breath," he said gently. – Sanders of the River by Edgar Wallace
  16. Then he turned to me and said: I am a very busy man and have only a few minutes to spare – What You Can Do With Your Will Power by Russell H. Conwell
  17. We didn't have any to spare – Homeburg Memories by George Helgesen Fitch
  18. Can I spare this Doctor to my husband? – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  19. Each was trying to spare the other. – The Translation of a Savage, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  20. You said that you loved me, spare my life! – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck

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