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adjective American English pronunciation: spare /sper/
  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. 4
    literary thin

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

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