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English definition of “spare”

spare

verb
 
 
/speər/
GIVE [T] to give time or money to someone: I have to go soon, but I can spare a few minutes. [+ two objects] Can you spare me some change?Giving, providing and supplying
PREVENT [+ two objects] to prevent someone from having to experience something unpleasant: [often passive] I was spared the embarrassment of having to sing in front of everybody.Not punishing and reducing punishment
to spare If you have time, money, etc to spare, you have more than you need: I arrived at the station with more than an hour to spare.Too much and unnecessary
spare no effort/expense, etc to use a lot of effort/expense, etc to do something: [+ to do sth] We will spare no effort to find out who did this.Using and misusingGiving, providing and supplying
spare sb's life to not kill someone → See also spare a thought for sbNot punishing and reducing punishment
(Definition of spare verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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