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Definition of Spare


  1. To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save.
  2. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
  3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
  4. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
  5. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
  6. To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
  7. To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
  8. To desist; to stop; to refrain.
  9. Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
  10. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
  11. 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.
  12. Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.
  13. Lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
  14. Slow.
  15. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
  16. Parsimony; frugal use.
  17. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
  18. That which has not been used or expended.
  19. 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.

Spare Quotations

There's time enough, but none to spare. - Charles W. Chesnutt
There's time enough, but none to spare.
Charles W. Chesnutt

Judging by informal observation, most young Americans burn up their spare time buffing their emotional IQ and self-esteem with social media and non-stop texting. That's great for eye-thumb coordination, but what about the satisfaction of actually making something?
Seth Shostak

Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends.
Samuel Pepys

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust

No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life's slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone.
Martha Beck
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Spare Translations

spare in Afrikaans is bespaar, spaar
spare in Danish is spare
spare in Dutch is ontzien, sparen
spare in Italian is tempo libero
spare in Latin is parco, tempero
spare in Portuguese is sobressalentes
spare in Swedish is spara, bespara, avvara, skona
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