spare

spare
spare1 [ sper ] adjective **
1. ) only before noun a spare object is one that you keep in addition to other similar objects so that it is available if you need it:
a spare key/battery/pair of glasses
Bring a towel and some spare clothes.
2. ) available:
Every spare patch of land has been converted into a vegetable garden.
a ) available to be shared, or given to someone because it is additional to what you need for yourself:
the spare bedroom
b ) spare change coins of low value that you do not need, especially coins that you give to someone else
3. ) LITERARY plain and simple without any unnecessary detail or decoration:
a spare writing style
4. ) LITERARY thin:
She was about thirty-seven, tall, and spare.
be going spare BRITISH SPOKEN
used for saying that something is available for someone if they want it:
Can I borrow these books if they're going spare?
go spare BRITISH INFORMAL
to get extremely angry:
Trevor went spare when he saw me with another man.
spare
spare 2 [ sper ] verb transitive *
1. ) if you can spare something, you can give or lend it to someone because you don't need it:
Can you spare a couple of dollars?
We can't spare the staff for training sessions.
2. ) if you can spare time, effort, or energy, you use it for a particular purpose:
I'm sorry, I can't spare any more energy on this problem right now.
We arrived at the airport with just 20 minutes to spare.
spare someone something: It's kind of you to spare me a moment.
3. ) FORMAL to not harm or kill someone or something:
Luckily the floods spared this historic church.
Civilians were not spared in the attack.
spare someone's life: The commander was so impressed by their bravery that he spared their lives.
4. ) to prevent someone from experiencing an unpleasant, painful, or embarrassing situation or feeling:
spare someone the embarrassment/pain/trouble etc.: At least spare him the humiliation of having to ask for money.
spare someone something: Thank God she had been spared the ordeal of surgery.
money/room/time etc. to spare
more than enough money/room/time etc.:
We have food to spare.
spare someone's blushes BRITISH
to avoid doing something that would make someone feel embarrassed
spare someone the details
to not tell someone every detail about something because it is too boring, personal, or unpleasant
spare someone's feelings
to avoid doing something that would cause someone to feel sad or upset:
Don't try to spare our feelings tell us the truth.
spare no effort
to do everything that is necessary to make something succeed:
We will spare no effort to find the culprit of this crime.
spare no expense
to spend as much money as necessary to make something good, without worrying about the cost
spare a thought for someone
to think about someone who is in a difficult situation:
Please, spare a thought for the homeless this Christmas.
spare
spare 3 [ sper ] noun count
1. ) something that you have in addition to other similar things, that you can use if you need another one:
This flashlight is broken. That's okay, I've got a spare.
2. ) a SPARE TIRE

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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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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