spare Definition

  • 1to give something to someone, especially money, that you can afford to give them
  • 2extra or unused
  • 3thin and not covered with much flesh

Using spare: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "spare" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Can you spare me a few minutes?

  • Example

    He spared no expense in decorating the house.

  • Example

    I have a spare key if you need it.

  • Example

    She is very spare and doesn't eat much.

  • Example

    We have some spare time before the meeting.

  • Example

    He asked for a spare pencil.

spare Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using spare

  • to make every possible effort to achieve something


    The company spared no effort in launching their new product.

  • spare someone's feelings

    to avoid hurting someone's feelings


    I didn't tell her the truth to spare her feelings.

  • free time that is available to do something


    In my spare time, I like to read books.

Phrases with spare

  • small coins that are not needed and can be given away


    Do you have any spare change for the parking meter?

  • an extra tire that is carried in a vehicle in case one of the other tires becomes flat


    Make sure you have a spare tire in your car before going on a long road trip.

  • an extra room in a house that is not being used


    We have a spare room that you can stay in if you need a place to sleep.

Origins of spare

from Old English 'spær', meaning 'scanty'


Summary: spare in Brief

The term 'spare' [sper] has multiple meanings. As a verb, it means to give something to someone, especially money, that you can afford to give them. As an adjective, it means extra or unused, and thin and not covered with much flesh. As a noun, it refers to an extra item. It is used in phrases such as 'spare change,' 'spare tire,' and 'spare room.' Idioms include 'spare no effort,' 'spare someone's feelings,' and 'spare time.'

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