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.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • sparing — adj Sparing, frugal, thrifty, economical can all mean exercising or manifesting careful and unwasteful use of one s money, goods, and resources. Sparing connotes abstention or restraint {sparing in the expenditure of money} {sparing in giving… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sparing — spàring m DEFINICIJA sport vježbanje u boksu, tenisu i sl. sa sparing partnerom SINTAGMA sparing partner izabrani protivnik na treningu koji ima zadatak voditi borbu kako bi se natjecatelj (u boksu i drugim sportovima) što bolje pripremio za… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • spàring — m sport 1. {{001f}}vježbanje u boksu sa sparing partnerom 2. {{001f}}vježbanje na taj način i u nekim drugim sportovima (tenis, nogomet i sl.) ∆ {{001f}}∼ partner izabrani protivnik na treningu koji ima zadatak voditi borbu kako bi se natjecatelj …   Veliki rječnik hrvatskoga jezika

  • şparing — ŞPÁRING s. v. şină. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  şparíng, şparíngi, s.m. (reg.; deprec.) persoană cu picioare lungi. Trimis de blaurb, 19.02.2007. Sursa: DAR …   Dicționar Român

  • sparing — sparing; un·sparing; …   English syllables

  • sparing — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 7}}|| {{/stl 7}}sparring {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}mnż IIa, D. u, sport. {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} spotkanie dwóch drużyn, mające charakter szkoleniowy : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Sparing bokserski, piłkarski. <ang.> {{/stl 10}} …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • Sparing — Spar ing, a. Spare; saving; frugal; merciful. Bacon. [1913 Webster] {Spar ing*ly}, adv. {Spar ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sparing — index conservation, deficient, devoid, economical, economy (frugality), frugal, illiberal, lenient …   Law dictionary

  • sparing — [adj] careful, economical avaricious, canny, chary, close, cost conscious, frugal, humane, mean, money conscious, parsimonious, provident, prudent, saving, stewardly, stingy, thrifty, tight, tight fisted, tolerant, ungiving, unwasteful, wary;… …   New thesaurus

  • sparing — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ moderate; economical. DERIVATIVES sparingly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • sparing — [sper′iŋ] adj. 1. that spares 2. careful in spending or using; frugal 3. scanty or meager SYN. THRIFTY sparingly adv. sparingness n …   English World dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”