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  ( spaces    plural & 3rd person present)   ( spacing    present participle)   ( spaced    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   You use space to refer to an area that is empty or available. The area can be any size. For example, you can refer to a large area outside as a large open space or to a small area between two objects as a small space.  
Under the plan, bits of open space<endash10001fields, golf-course borders and small parks<endash10002will be preserved., ...cutting down yet more trees to make space for houses..., I had plenty of space to write and sew..., The space underneath could be used as a storage area..., List in the spaces below the specific changes you have made.     
2       n-var   A particular kind of space is the area that is available for a particular activity or for putting a particular kind of thing in.  
usu supp N  
...the high cost of office space..., Finding a parking space in the summer months is still a virtual impossibility...     
3       n-uncount   If a place gives a feeling of space, it gives an impression of being large and open.  
oft n of N  
Large paintings can enhance the feeling of space in small rooms...     
4       n-uncount   If you give someone space to think about something or to develop as a person, you allow them the time and freedom to do this.   (=room)  
You need space to think everything over...     
5       n-uncount   The amount of space for a topic to be discussed in a document is the number of pages available to discuss the topic.  
We can't promise to publish a reply as space is limited.     
6       n-sing   A space of time is a period of time.  
N of n  
They've come a long way in a short space of time...     
7       n-uncount   Space is the area beyond the Earth's atmosphere, where the stars and planets are.  
The six astronauts on board will spend ten days in space., ...launching satellites into space., ...outer space.     
8       n-uncount   Space is the whole area within which everything exists.  
The physical universe is finite in space and time.     
9       verb   If you space a series of things, you arrange them so that they are not all together but have gaps or intervals of time between them.  
Women once again are having fewer children and spacing them further apart...      V n adv/prep  
His voice was angry and he spaced the words for emphasis.      V n  
      Space out means the same as space., phrasal verb  
He talks quite slowly and spaces his words out...      V n P  
I was spacing out the seedlings into divided trays...      V P n (not pron)  
  spacing      n-uncount  
Generous spacing gives healthier trees and better crops.     
    breathing space  
    outer space  
    personal space  
11    If you are staring into space, you are looking straight in front of you, without actually looking at anything in particular, for example because you are thinking or because you are feeling shocked.  
(staring) into space             phrase   PHR after v  
He just sat in the dressing-room staring into space...     
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