spare ( spares plural & 3rd person present) ( sparing present participle) ( spared past tense & past participle )
1 adj You use spare to describe something that is the same as things that you are already using, but that you do not need yet and are keeping ready in case another one is needed.
usu ADJ n
Don't forget to take a few spare batteries..., He could have taken a spare key..., The wagons carried spare ammunition.
Spare is also a noun., n-count
Give me the trunk key and I'll get the spare.
2 adj You use spare to describe something that is not being used by anyone, and is therefore available for someone to use.
usu ADJ n
The spare bedroom is on the second floor..., There was hardly a spare inch of space to be found.
3 verb If you have something such as time, money, or space to spare, you have some extra time, money, or space that you have not used or which you do not need.
You got here with ninety seconds to spare... V
It's not as if he has money to spare... V
4 verb If you spare time or another resource for a particular purpose, you make it available for that purpose.
She said that she could only spare 35 minutes for our meeting... V n
He suggested that his country could not spare the troops for such an operation. V n
5 verb If a person or a place is spared, they are not harmed, even though other people or places have been.
LITERARY usu passive
We have lost everything, but thank God, our lives have been spared... be V-ed
6 verb If you spare someone an unpleasant experience, you prevent them from suffering it.
I wanted to spare Frances the embarrassment of discussing this subject... V n n
She's just trying to spare Shawna's feelings... V n
8 If you spare a thought for an unfortunate person, you make an effort to think sympathetically about them and their bad luck.
spare a thought for phrase V inflects, PHR n
Spare a thought for the nation's shopkeepers<endash>consumer sales slid again in May...
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