Meaning of “sparing” in the English Dictionary

"sparing" in British English

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sparingadjective

uk /ˈspeə.rɪŋ/ us /ˈsper.ɪŋ/
sparingly
adverb uk /ˈspeə.rɪŋ.li/ us /ˈsper.ɪŋ.li/

There wasn't enough coal during the war, so we had to use it sparingly.

(Definition of “sparing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sparing" in American English

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sparingadjective

us /ˈspeər·ɪŋ/

using very little of something:

He certainly is sparing in his praise (= avoids giving much of it).
sparingly
adverb us /ˈspær·ɪŋ·li, ˈsper-/

Apply the lotion sparingly.

(Definition of “sparing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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