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English definition of “spare”

spare

noun     /speər/ US  /sper/
[C] an extra thing that is not being used and can be used instead of a part that is broken , lost , etc.Replacing and exchanging [C usually plural] (also spare part) a piece that can be used to replace another similar piece in a car or other device Words meaning parts of things
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