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Meaning & Definition of Spare in English

English

Spare

/spɛr/

noun

1. An extra component of a machine or other apparatus

    synonym:
  • spare part
  • ,
  • spare

2. An extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle

    synonym:
  • fifth wheel
  • ,
  • spare

3. A score in tenpins

  • Knocking down all ten after rolling two balls
    synonym:
  • spare

verb

1. Refrain from harming

    synonym:
  • spare
  • ,
  • save

2. Save or relieve from an experience or action

  • "I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"
    synonym:
  • spare

3. Give up what is not strictly needed

  • "He asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"
    synonym:
  • spare
  • ,
  • give up
  • ,
  • part with
  • ,
  • dispense with

4. Use frugally or carefully

    synonym:
  • spare

adjective

1. Thin and fit

  • "The spare figure of a marathon runner"
  • "A body kept trim by exercise"
    synonym:
  • spare
  • ,
  • trim

2. More than is needed, desired, or required

  • "Trying to lose excess weight"
  • "Found some extra change lying on the dresser"
  • "Yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"
  • "Skills made redundant by technological advance"
  • "Sleeping in the spare room"
  • "Supernumerary ornamentation"
  • "It was supererogatory of her to gloat"
  • "Delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"
  • "Extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"
  • "Surplus cheese distributed to the needy"
    synonym:
  • excess
  • ,
  • extra
  • ,
  • redundant
  • ,
  • spare
  • ,
  • supererogatory
  • ,
  • superfluous
  • ,
  • supernumerary
  • ,
  • surplus

3. Not taken up by scheduled activities

  • "A free hour between classes"
  • "Spare time on my hands"
    synonym:
  • spare
  • ,
  • free

4. Kept in reserve especially for emergency use

  • "A reserve supply of food"
  • "A spare tire"
  • "Spare parts"
    synonym:
  • spare

5. Lacking in amplitude or quantity

  • "A bare livelihood"
  • "A scanty harvest"
  • "A spare diet"
    synonym:
  • bare(a)
  • ,
  • scanty
  • ,
  • spare

6. Lacking embellishment or ornamentation

  • "A plain hair style"
  • "Unembellished white walls"
  • "Functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
    synonym:
  • plain
  • ,
  • bare
  • ,
  • spare
  • ,
  • unembellished
  • ,
  • unornamented

Examples of using

The Portuguese territory would fit, with room to spare, in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, the seventh smallest state in Brazil.
England would fit in Brazil 65 times with room to spare.
Lebanon would fit in Brazil 818 times with room to spare.