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SPARE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spare mean? 

SPARE (noun)
  The noun SPARE has 3 senses:

1. an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
2. an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle
3. a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

  Familiarity information: SPARE used as a noun is uncommon.


SPARE (adjective)
  The adjective SPARE has 6 senses:

1. thin and fit
2. more than is needed, desired, or required
3. not taken up by scheduled activities
4. kept in reserve especially for emergency use
5. lacking in amplitude or quantity
6. lacking embellishment or ornamentation

  Familiarity information: SPARE used as an adjective is common.


SPARE (verb)
  The verb SPARE has 4 senses:

1. refrain from harming
2. save or relieve from an experience or action
3. give up what is not strictly needed
4. use frugally or carefully

  Familiarity information: SPARE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPARE (noun)


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Meaning:

An extra component of a machine or other apparatus

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

spare; spare part

Hypernyms ("spare" is a kind of...):

component; constituent; element (an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system)


Sense 2spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

fifth wheel; spare

Hypernyms ("spare" is a kind of...):

car wheel (a wheel that has a tire and rim and hubcap; used to propel the car)


Sense 3spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("spare" is a kind of...):

score (the act of scoring in a game or sport)


SPARE (adjective)


Sense 1spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Thin and fit

Synonyms:

spare; trim

Context examples:

the spare figure of a marathon runner / a body kept trim by exercise

Similar:

lean; thin (lacking excess flesh)


Sense 2spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

More than is needed, desired, or required

Synonyms:

surplus; supernumerary; supererogatory; redundant; extra; excess; spare; superfluous

Context examples:

trying to lose excess weight / found some extra change lying on the dresser / yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant / skills made redundant by technological advance / sleeping in the spare room / supernumerary ornamentation / it was supererogatory of her to gloat / delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words / extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts / surplus cheese distributed to the needy

Similar:

unnecessary; unneeded (not necessary)


Sense 3spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not taken up by scheduled activities

Synonyms:

spare; free

Context examples:

a free hour between classes / spare time on my hands

Similar:

unoccupied (not held or filled or in use)


Sense 4spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kept in reserve especially for emergency use

Context examples:

a reserve supply of food / a spare tire / spare parts

Similar:

unnecessary; unneeded (not necessary)


Sense 5spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in amplitude or quantity

Synonyms:

scanty; bare; spare

Context examples:

a bare livelihood / a scanty harvest / a spare diet

Similar:

meager; meagerly; meagre; scrimpy; stingy (deficient in amount or quality or extent)


Sense 6spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking embellishment or ornamentation

Synonyms:

unornamented; unembellished; spare; plain; bare

Context examples:

a plain hair style / unembellished white walls / functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete

Similar:

unadorned; undecorated (not decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction)


SPARE (verb)


Sense 1spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refrain from harming

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

spare; save

Hypernyms (to "spare" is one way to...):

forbear; refrain (resist doing something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "spare"):

favor; favour (treat gently or carefully)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They spare him from writing the letter


Sense 2spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Save or relieve from an experience or action

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

I'll spare you from having to apologize formally

Hypernyms (to "spare" is one way to...):

exempt; free; relieve (grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 3spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give up what is not strictly needed

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

dispense with; part with; spare; give up

Context example:

he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey

Hypernyms (to "spare" is one way to...):

give (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4spare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Use frugally or carefully

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Hypernyms (to "spare" is one way to...):

expend; use (use up, consume fully)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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