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  Dictionary Definition of spare

spare
verb, spared, sparing, adjective, sparer, sparest, noun

-- verb (t)
1. to refrain from harming or destroying; leave uninjured; forbear to punish: to spare a fallen adversary.
2. to deal gently or leniently with; show consideration for: to spare a person's feelings.
3. to save from strain, discomfort, annoyance, or the like, or from a particular cause of it: to spare oneself trouble.
4. to refrain from, forbear, omit, or withhold, as action or speech.
5. to refrain from employing, as some instrument, means, aid, etc.: to spare the rod.
6. to set aside for a particular purpose: to spare land for a garden.
7. to part with or let go, as from a supply, especially without inconvenience or loss: to spare a few cents.
8. to dispense with or do without.
9. to use economically or frugally; refrain from using up or wasting.
10. to have left over or unused: we have room to spare.
-- verb (i)
11. to use economy; be frugal.
12. to refrain from action; forbear.
13. to refrain from inflicting injury or punishment; exercise lenience or mercy.
-- adjective
14. kept in reserve, as for possible use: a spare tyre.
15. being in excess of present need; free for other use: spare time.
16. frugally restricted; meagre, as living, diet, etc.
17. lean or thin, as a person.
18. scanty or scant, as in amount, fullness, etc.
19. sparing, economical, or temperate, as persons.
-- noun
20. a spare thing, part, etc., as an extra tyre for emergency use.
21. Tenpin Bowling a. the knocking down of all the pins in two consecutive bowls. b. the score made by bowling a spare.
22. Colloquial spare part.
-- phrase
23. go spare, Colloquial to lose one's temper; become exasperated.
24. spare me days!, Colloquial (an exclamation of exasperation, surprise, etc.).
[ME; OE sparian, c. D and G sparen ]
-- sparely, adverb -- spareness, noun -- sparer, noun