spare - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [only before noun] a spare object is one that you keep in addition to other similar objects so that it is available if you need it

    a spare key/battery/pair of glasses

    Bring a towel and some spare clothes.

  2. 2

    Every spare patch of land has been converted into a vegetable garden.

    The hospital has no spare operating capacity.

    1. a.
      available to be shared, or given to someone, because it is additional to what you need for yourself

      the spare bedroom

  3. 3
    literary thin

    She was about thirty-seven, tall, and spare.

  4. 4
    literary plain and simple without any unnecessary detail or decoration

    a spare writing style

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