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spare

spare

 
pronunciation:
speIr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective, noun
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: spared, spares, sparing
definition 1: to handle gently or leniently.
similar words:
favor
definition 2: to save from undergoing something.
He was spared having to wait.
synonyms:
free from, save
similar words:
acquit, exempt, exonerate, let off, liberate, pardon, redeem, release, reprieve, rescue
definition 3: to refrain from injuring or destroying.
synonyms:
save
similar words:
avoid, conserve, forbear, protect, safeguard, shelter, shield, withhold
definition 4: to use economically or with restraint.
Please try to spare the hot water.
synonyms:
conserve, save
antonyms:
waste
similar words:
economize, forbear, forgo, hoard, hold, husband, keep, omit, reserve, restrain, scrimp on, skimp, withhold
definition 5: to allow; afford.
Please spare me a minute of your time.
synonyms:
afford, allow
similar words:
give, grant, provide, relinquish, supply, yield
definition 6: to refrain from including or mentioning.
Spare me the sad stories.
similar words:
forgo, omit, withhold
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be economical.
synonyms:
economize, stint
similar words:
pinch pennies, save, scrimp, skimp
definition 2: to refrain from causing injury or damage.
similar words:
forbear, withhold
 
part of speech: adjective
inflections: sparer, sparest
definition 1: kept in reserve.
a spare battery
synonyms:
reserve
similar words:
auxiliary, extra, on hand, substitute, supplementary
definition 2: being more than needed.
spare money
synonyms:
surplus
similar words:
additional, auxiliary, excess, extra, leftover, odd, superfluous, supplementary, unnecessary
definition 3: slender; lean.
a spare boy
synonyms:
lank, lean, rawboned, slight
antonyms:
corpulent, curvaceous, stout
similar words:
emaciated, gaunt, lanky, meager, rangy, scrawny, skinny, slender, tenuous, thin
definition 4: barely sufficient; meager.
a spare mealspare furnishings
synonyms:
frugal, lean, meager, scant, scanty
antonyms:
profuse
similar words:
niggardly, skimpy, slender, sparing, stingy, stringent
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a replacement or surplus item that is put aside for future use.
definition 2: in bowling, the knocking down of all pins with two rolls of the ball.
derivations: sparely (adv.), spareness (n.)