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English definition of “spare”

spare

verb [T] (SAVE)   /speər/
to decide not to hurt or destroy something or someone: By reducing workershours, the company spared some people's jobs.
(Definition of spare verb (SAVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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