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adjective     spare pronunciation in American English
  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.

    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 plain and simple without any unnecessary detail or decoration

    a spare writing style

  4. 4
    literary thin

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



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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