Definition of "spare" []

  • To refrain from treating harshly; treat mercifully or leniently. (verb-transitive)
  • To refrain from harming or destroying. (verb-transitive)
  • To save or relieve from experiencing or doing (something): spared herself the trouble of going. (verb-transitive)
  • To hold back from; withhold or avoid: spared no expense for the celebration. (verb-transitive)
  • To use with restraint: Don't spare the mustard. (verb-transitive)
  • To refrain from killing, punishing, harming, or injuring (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To release or relieve, as from pain, suffering, etc (verb)
  • To refrain from using (verb)
  • To be able to afford or give (verb)
  • (esp of Providence) to allow to survive (verb)
  • To act or live frugally (verb)
  • To show mercy (verb)
  • In excess of what is needed; additional (adjective)
  • Able to be used when needed (adjective)
  • (of a person) thin and lean (adjective)
  • Scanty or meagre (adjective)
  • Upset, angry, or distracted (esp in the phrase go spare) (adjective)
  • A duplicate kept as a replacement in case of damage or loss (noun)
  • A spare tyre (noun)
  • The act of knocking down all the pins with the two bowls of a single frame (noun)
  • The score thus made (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "spare" in a sentence
  • "III. ii.44 (306, 5) [I would spare] To _spare_ any thing is to _let it go. to quit the possession of it."
  • "DAVIDSON: You would have to take a spare job -- what they call a spare hand in those days."
  • "In what she called her spare time she was engaged in the endless task of repairing and extending her forlorn little shanties."