Spare

Definition of Spare

v. t.1.To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save.
[imp. & p. p. Spared ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sparing.]
[Thou] thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not spare.
- Milton.
He that hath knowledge, spareth his words.
- Prov. xvii. 27.
2.To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
Be pleased your plitics to spare.
- Dryden.
Spare my sight the pain
Of seeing what a world of tears it costs you.
- Dryden.
3.To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
Spare us, good Lord.
- Book of Common Prayer.
Dim sadness did not spare
That time celestial visages.
- Milton.
Man alone can whom he conquers spare.
- Waller.
4.To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
All the time he could spare from the necessary cares of his weighty charge, he estowed on . . . serving of God.
- Knolles.
5.To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
Where angry Jove did never spare
One breath of kind and temperate air.
- Roscommon.
I could have better spared a better man.
- Shak.
To spare one's self
a - To act with reserve.
Her thought that a lady should her spare.
- Chaucer.
v. i.1.To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
I, who at some times spend, at others spare,
Divided between carelessness and care.
- Pope.
2.To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
He will not spare in the day of vengeance.
- Prov. vi. 34.
3.To desist; to stop; to refrain.
a.1.Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
2.Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
He was spare, but discreet of speech.
- Carew.
3.Being over and above what is necessary, or what must be used or reserved; not wanted, or not used; superfluous; as, I have no spare time.
If that no spare clothes he had to give.
- Spenser.
4.Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.
5.Lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
O, give me the spare men, and spare me the great ones.
- Shak.
6.Slow.
n.1.The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
Killing for sacrifice, without any spare.
- Holland.
2.Parsimony; frugal use.
Poured out their plenty without spite or spare.
- Spenser.
3.An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
4.That which has not been used or expended.
5.(Tenpins) The right of bowling again at a full set of pins, after having knocked all the pins down in less than three bowls. If all the pins are knocked down in one bowl it is a double spare; in two bowls, a single spare. For the meaning in modern bowling, see sense 6.
6.(Bowling) The act of knocking down all ten pins in two bowls, which entitles the bowler to add the number of pins knocked down in the next bowl to the score for the frame in which the spare occurred.

Related Words

Lenten, Scotch, Spartan, abandon, abjure, absolve, abstain, abstain from, abstemious, accessory, afford, agent, allow, alternate, alternative, amnesty, analogy, ancillary, angular, another, as a bonus, ascetic, austere, auxiliary, avoid, award, backup, balance, bald, bare, basic, bear, bestow, bonus, bony, cadaverous, candid, canny, careful, casual, cede, change, changeling, chary, chaste, cheeseparing, collateral, common, commonplace, comparison, conserved, conserving, contributory, copy, copyright, counterfeit, de trop, deliver, deputy, direct, discharge, disgorge, dispensable, dispense, dispense from, dispense with, dispose of, dividend, do without, donate, double, drop, dry, dull, dummy, dump, dwarfed, dwarfish, economic, economizing, elementary, endure, equal, equivalent, ersatz, eschew, essential, except, excess, exchange, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exiguous, exonerate, expendable, expletive, extra, fake, farther, fill-in, flat, flat-chested, fleshless, for lagniappe, forbear, forehanded, forgive, forgo, forsake, forswear, frank, free, fresh, frugal, fundamental, further, gangling, gangly, gaunt, gawky, get along without, get rid of, ghost, ghostwriter, give, give absolution, give away, give dispensation from, give quarter, give up, grant amnesty to, grant forgiveness, grant immunity, grant remission, gratuitous, gratuity, guard, have done with, have mercy upon, have pity, held, held back, held in reserve, held out, hold, hold aloof from, hold back, hold off, homely, homespun, homogeneous, idle, imitation, impoverished, in abeyance, in addition, in excess, in hand, in reserve, incidental, indivisible, irreducible, jejune, keep, keep alive, keep back, keep from, keep in hand, keep intact, keep inviolate, keep safe, keep up, kept, kiss good-bye, labor-saving, lagniappe, lank, lanky, lay aside, lay away, lay by, lay in, lay up, lean, lean-fleshed, lean-looking, left, leftover, leisure, leisured, let alone, let go, let go by, let have, let off, let up on, liberate, limited, locum tenens, maintain, make a sacrifice, makeshift, margin, matter-of-fact, meager, mean, melt, mere, metaphor, metonymy, mint, miserly, mock, modest, money-saving, monolithic, more, more than enough, narrow, natural, neat, needless, net, never touch, new, next best thing, niggardly, nonessential, not destroy, not endanger, not expend, not touch, not use, not use up, not waste, occasional, odd, of a piece, off, open, original, other, out-of-the-way, outstanding, over, over and above, overage, overmeasure, overplus, overrun, overset, overstock, oversupply, paltry, pardon, parsimonious, part with, part-time, pass up, patent, penny-wise, personnel, phony, pinch, pinch hitter, plain, plain-speaking, plain-spoken, pleonastic, plus, poor, pourboire, preserved, primal, primary, pristine, prolix, prosaic, prosing, prosy, provident, provisional, proxy, prudent, prudential, puny, pure, pure and simple, put aside, put by, quitclaim, rawboned, recant, redeem, redundant, refrain, refrain from, register, relax, release, relent, relief, relieve, relinquish, remainder, remaining, remanent, remise, remit, render up, renounce, replacement, representative, reprieve, reserved, reserves, resign, retained, retired, retract, ringer, rustic, sacrifice, salt away, save, save the necessity, saved, saving, scant, scanty, scraggy, scrawny, scrimp, scrimping, scrimpy, second string, secondary, semiretired, severe, short, shrive, shun, side, sign, simon-pure, simple, simple-speaking, single, skeletal, skimp, skimping, skimpy, skinny, slender, slight, slim, small, sober, something extra, spare the price, spares, sparing, sparse, spidery, spindling, spindly, stand, stand aloof from, stand-in, stark, starvation, stingy, stint, stinted, stopgap, stored, straightforward, straitened, stunted, sub, subsistence, substituent, substitute, substitution, succedaneum, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, superseder, supplanter, supplemental, supplementary, support, surplus, surplusage, surrender, surrogate, surviving, suspended, sustain, swear off, symbol, synecdoche, take pity on, tautologic, tautologous, temporary, tentative, thaw, thin, thin-bellied, thin-fleshed, third string, thrifty, throw up, tide, time-saving, tip, to spare, token, twiggy, ulterior, unadorned, unaffected, unapplied, unbeaten, uncalled-for, uncluttered, unconsumed, undergo, undersized, understudy, underweight, undifferenced, undifferentiated, unemployed, unessential, unexercised, unexpended, unhandled, uniform, unimaginative, unnecessary, unneeded, unnourishing, unnutritious, unoccupied, unpoetical, unspent, untapped, untouched, untrodden, unused, unutilized, unvarnished, unwasteful, utility, utility player, vacate, verbose, vicar, vicarious, vice-president, vice-regent, waive, waived, watered, watery, well afford, wiry, withheld, withhold, yield
Word:

Browse

Spank
Spanker
Spanker boom
spanking
spanking breeze
spanless
spanner
spannishing
spanpiece
spanworm
spar
Spar buoy
Spar deck
Spar torpedo
Spar-hung
Sparable
Sparada
Sparadrap
Sparage
Sparble
-Spare-
Spareful
Spareless
Sparely
Spareness
Sparer
Sparerib
Sparge
Spargefaction
Sparger
Sparhawk
Sparing
Spark
Spark arrester
Spark coil
spark consumer
Spark gap
Spark plug
Sparker
Sparkful
Sparkish
# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

© 2014 Delaflex, Inc.Dictionary Home