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Dictionary definition for: Spare

1. (n) an extra component of a machine or other apparatus

2. (v) refrain from harming

3. (s) thin and fit; "the spare figure of a marathon runner" "a body kept trim by exercise"

4. (n) an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle

5. (v) save or relieve from an experience or action; "I''ll spare you from having to apologize formally"

6. (s) 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

7. (n) a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

8. (v) give up what is not strictly needed; "he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"

9. (s) just sufficient; "the library had a spare but efficient look"

10. (v) use frugally or carefully

11. (s) not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes" "spare time on my hands"

12. (s) kept in reserve especially for emergency use; "a reserve supply of food" "a spare tire" "spare parts"

13. (s) lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood" "a scanty harvest" "a spare diet"

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