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spare

spare

 
 
pronunciation:
speIr
parts of speech:
verb, adjective, noun
part of speech: verb
inflections: spared, spares, sparing
definition: to keep from hurting or killing.
The judge spared his life but sent him to prison.
similar words:
avoid, conserve, protect, shelter, shield, withhold
 
part of speech: adjective
inflections: sparer, sparest
definition: available for use at a later time.
He has a spare battery in the garage.
similar words:
auxiliary, extra
 
part of speech: noun
definition: an extra tire that you use if one of the tires on a vehicle goes flat.
We keep a spare in the trunk.
derivations: sparely (adv.), spareness (n.)