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. Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.
  28. Lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
  29. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
  30. Parsimony; frugal use.
  31. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
  32. That which has not been used or expended.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. To live frugally or cheaply; forbear or forgive.
  36. Thin or lean; scanty; held in reserve; as, a spare room; more than enough; as, spare cash.
  37. To use frugally: to do without: to save from any use: to withhold from: to treat tenderly: to part with willingly.
  38. To be frugal: to forbear: to be tender: to forgive.
  39. Sparing: frugal scanty: lean: superfluous.
  41. To use frugally.
  42. Frugal; scanty; lean; superfluous.
  43. To be frugal; forbear.
  44. To use frugally; do without; save from anything; grant.
  45. To firbear to injure or punish.
  46. To be lenient or forgiving; refrain.
  47. To be frugal.
  48. That can be spared.
  49. Held in reserve.
  50. Not abundant.
  51. Scanty; parsimonious; superfluous; lean.
  52. 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.
  53. To live frugally; to forbear; to forgive; to be tender.
  54. Scanty; frugal; held in reserve; not abundant; not required for present use; lean.
  55. 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.

Usage examples for spare

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