Spare Spare, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sparing}.] [AS. sparian, fr. sp[ae]r spare, sparing, saving; akin to D. & G. sparen, OHG. spar?n, Icel. & Sw. spara, Dan. spare See {Spare}, a.] 1. To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save. ``No cost would he spare.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

[Thou] thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not spare. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

He that hath knowledge, spareth his words. --Prov. xvii. 27. [1913 Webster]

2. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give. [1913 Webster]

Be pleased your plitics to spare. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Spare my sight the pain Of seeing what a world of tears it costs you. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to. [1913 Webster]

Spare us, good Lord. --Book of Common Prayer. [1913 Webster]

Dim sadness did not spare That time celestial visages. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Man alone can whom he conquers spare. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

4. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty. [1913 Webster]

All the time he could spare from the necessary cares of his weighty charge, he ?estowed on . . . serving of God. --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

5. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with. [1913 Webster]

Where angry Jove did never spare One breath of kind and temperate air. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

I could have better spared a better man. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To spare one's self}. (a) To act with reserve. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Her thought that a lady should her spare. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] (b) To save one's self labor, punishment, or blame. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Spare — Spare, a. [Compar. {Sparer}; superl. {Sparest}; not used in all the senses of the word.] [AS. sp[ae]r sparing. Cf. {Spare}, v. t. ] 1. Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet. [1913 Webster] 2. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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