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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

Playing video games is something I enjoy in my spare time. I'm a gamer, always have been.
Kevin Garnett

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

When I have spare time, I catch up on things I've had to postpone due to lack of time.
Steve Wozniak

No doubt many people have the feeling that to talk about death at all is, in effect, to conjure it up mentally, to bring it closer in such a way that one has to face up to the inevitability of one's own eventual demise. So, to spare ourselves this psychological trauma, we decide just to try to avoid the topic as much as possible.
Raymond Moody

I don't watch TV. In my spare time, if I have any, I want to make music.
Chino Moreno
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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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