spare
I. verb (spared; sparing) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sparian; akin to Old High German sparōn to spare, Old English spær, adjective, scant Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to forbear to destroy, punish, or harm 2. to refrain from attacking or reprimanding with necessary or salutary severity 3. to relieve of the necessity of doing or undergoing something <
spare yourself the trouble
>
4. to refrain from ; avoid <
spared no expense
>
5. to use or dispense frugally — used chiefly in the negative <
don't spare the syrup
>
6. a. to give up as not strictly needed <
do you have any cash to spare
>
b. to have left over or as margin <
time to spare
>
intransitive verb 1. to be frugal 2. to refrain from doing harm • spareable adjectivesparer noun II. adjective (sparer; sparest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English spær sparing, scant; akin to Old High German spar spare Date: 14th century 1. not being used; especially held for emergency use <
a spare tire
>
2. being over and above what is needed ; superfluous <
spare time
>
3. not liberal or profuse ; sparing <
a spare prose style
>
4. healthily lean 5. not abundant or plentiful Synonyms: see lean, meagersparely adverbspareness noun III. noun Date: 1907 1. a. a spare tire b. a duplicate (as a key or a machine part) kept in reserve 2. the knocking down of all 10 pins with the first 2 balls in a frame in bowling

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  • SPARE — SPARE …   Википедия

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • spare — [sper] vt. spared, sparing [ME sparien < OE sparian, akin to spær, thrifty, Ger sparen, to save: see SPACE] 1. to treat with mercy or leniency; refrain from killing, injuring, troubling, or distressing; save 2. to save or free a person from… …   English World dictionary

  • Spare — Spare, n. 1. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Killing for sacrifice, without any spare. Holland. [1913 Webster] 2. Parsimony; frugal use. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] Poured out their plenty without spite or spare …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spare — ► ADJECTIVE 1) additional to what is required for ordinary use. 2) not currently in use or occupied. 3) with no excess fat; thin. 4) elegantly simple. ► NOUN ▪ an item kept in case another item of the same type is lost, broken, or worn out. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • Spāre — (Spāre,Латвия) Категория отеля: Адрес: Dumbri, Ģibuļu pagasts, Talsu novads, Spāre, LV 3298 …   Каталог отелей

  • spare — spare·able; spare; spare·less; spare·ly; spare·ness; spare·ribs; …   English syllables

  • Spare — Spare, v. i. 1. To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious. [1913 Webster] I, who at some times spend, at others spare, Divided between carelessness and care. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To refrain from inflicting harm; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spare — [adj1] extra, reserve additional, backup, de trop, emergency, free, in excess, in reserve, in store, lagniappe, leftover, more than enough*, odd, option, over, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus, unoccupied, unused, unwanted;… …   New thesaurus

  • Spare — may refer to:*Spare (bowling) *Austin Osman Spare …   Wikipedia

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