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English definition of “sparing”

sparing

adjective     /ˈspeə.rɪŋ/ US  /ˈsper.ɪŋ/
using very little of something: Be sparing with the butter as we don't have much left. He is sparing with/in his praise (= praises people very little).Self-control and moderation sparingly     /-li/ adverb There wasn't enough coal during the war, so we had to use it sparingly.Self-control and moderation
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