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1    additional, emergency, extra, free, going begging, in excess, in reserve, leftover, odd, over, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus, unoccupied, unused, unwanted  
2    gaunt, lank, lean, macilent     (rare)   meagre, slender, slight, slim, wiry  
3    economical, frugal, meagre, modest, scanty, sparing  
4    go spare        (Brit. slang)   become angry, become distracted, become distraught, become enraged, become mad     (informal)   become upset, blow one's top     (informal)   do one's nut     (Brit. slang)   go mental     (slang)   go up the wall     (slang)   have or throw a fit     (informal)  
5    afford, allow, bestow, dispense with, do without, give, grant, let (someone) have, manage without, part with, relinquish  
6    be merciful to, deal leniently with, go easy on     (informal)   have mercy on, leave, let off     (informal)   pardon, refrain from, release, relieve from, save from  
,       adj  
1    allocated, designated, earmarked, in use, necessary, needed, set aside, spoken for  
2    corpulent, fat, flabby, fleshy, generous, heavy, large, plump  
6    afflict, condemn, damn, destroy, hurt, punish, show no mercy to  

spare time     
free time, leisure, odd moments, time on one's hands, time to kill  
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  ( 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.  
only to-inf  
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...     

spare part        ( spare parts    plural  ) Spare parts are parts that you can buy separately to replace old or broken parts in a piece of equipment. They are usually parts that are designed to be easily removed or fitted.      n-count   usu pl  
spare room        ( spare rooms    plural  ) A spare room is a bedroom which is kept especially for visitors to sleep in.      n-count  
spare time     
Your spare time is the time during which you do not have to work and you can do whatever you like.      n-uncount   usu poss N  
In her spare time she read books on cooking...     
spare tyre        ( spare tyres    plural  )
in AM, use spare tire     
1       n-count   A spare tyre is a wheel with a tyre on it that you keep in your car in case you get a flat tyre and need to replace one of your wheels.  
2       n-count   If you describe someone as having a spare tyre, you mean that they are fat around the waist.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
spare wheel        ( spare wheels    plural  ) A spare wheel is a wheel with a tyre on it that you keep in your car in case you get a flat tyre and need to replace one of your wheels.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use spare tire     

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