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verb American English pronunciation: space /speɪs/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspace
he/she/itspaces
present participlespacing
past tensespaced
past participlespaced
  1. 1

    space

    or

    space out

    [transitive] to arrange objects, events, activities, etc. so that they are a particular time or distance apart

    Space your workouts two days apart to avoid sore muscles.

    Bean plants should be spaced three inches apart.

  2. 2

    space

    or

    space out

    [intransitive] informal to not pay attention to someone or something because you are thinking, tired, bored, etc.

    Say that again please. I spaced for a minute.

  3. 3
    [transitive] American informal to forget to do something

    I completely spaced that math assignment!

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