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spare

verb [T]  /speər/ us  

spare verb [T] (SAVE)

to decide not to hurt or destroy something or someone: By reducing workershours, the company spared some people's jobs.

spare verb [T] (AVOID)

to avoid something: A quiet chat about this would spare everyone embarrassment.

spare verb [T] (GIVE)

to give or use something because you have enough available: Can you spare a dollar? I’d love to come, but I’m afraid I can’t spare the time.

spare

adjective  /speər/ us  

spare adjective (EXTRA)

[not gradable] not being used, or more than what is usually needed: I keep my spare change in a jar.

spare adjective (THIN)

[-er/-est only] (of people) thin with no extra fat on the body: He had the spare build of a runner.

spare

noun [C]  /spær, sper/ us  

spare noun [C] (EXTRA THING)

an extra thing that is not being used and can be used instead of a part that is broken, lost, etc.: In case I lose my key, I keep a spare in the garage.
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