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verb [transitive] spare pronunciation in British English /speə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesparing
past tensespared
past participlespared
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  1. 1
    if you can spare something, you can give or lend it to someone because you dont need it
    Can you spare a couple of pounds?
    We can’t spare the staff for training sessions.
  2. 2
    if you can spare time, you have it available
    Can you spare a couple of hours on Tuesday?
    We arrived at the airport with just 20 minutes to spare.
    spare someone something: It’s kind of you to spare me a moment.
  3. 3
    to prevent someone from experiencing an unpleasant, painful, or embarrassing situation or feeling
    spare someone something: Thank God she had been spared the ordeal of surgery.
    spare someone the embarrassment/pain/trouble etc: At least spare him the humiliation of having to ask for money.
  4. 4
    formal to not harm, damage, or kill someone or something
    Luckily the floods spared this historic church.
    Civilians were not spared in the attack.
    spare someone’s life: The commander was so impressed by their bravery that he spared their lives.



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