Spare - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |sper|  American pronunciation of the word spare
Brit.  |spɛː|  British pronunciation of the word spare


- an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
- an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle
- a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls
- refrain from harming (syn: save)
- save or relieve from an experience or action
- give up what is not strictly needed (syn: give up)
- use frugally or carefully
- thin and fit (syn: trim)
- more than is needed, desired, or required (syn: excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus)
- not taken up by scheduled activities (syn: free)
- kept in reserve especially for emergency use
- lacking in magnitude or quantity (syn: bare, scanty)
- lacking embellishment or ornamentation (syn: bare, plain)


No one knows why the gunman shot some people and spared others.

Somehow the storm spared our house while nearby buildings were destroyed.

She was spared from having to answer any more questions.

He wanted to spare his family from the stress he had endured.

I could have spared myself the trouble.

He spared them the embarrassment of a public apology.

If you could spare a cup of sugar, it would save me a trip to the store.

I keep a spare set of keys in my desk.

He has a spare frame.

He was tall and spare.

I like her spare style of writing.

“I've lost the key.” “You'll find a spare in the drawer.”

If that one breaks, I've got a spare.

Most cars come with spares.

He got a strike and two spares.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: spare
he/she/it: spares
present participle: sparing
past tense: spared
past participle: spared
singular: spare
plural: spares
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