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spare [1].


Pronunciation: \'sper\




1 : to keep from being punished or harmed : show mercy to <The king promised to spare the prisoner.>

2 : to free from having to go through something difficult He spared us from having to clean up. <This afternoon . . . he was spared any disagreeable scenes. Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden>

3 : to keep from using or spending <More pancakes, please, and don't spare the syrup.>

4 : to give up especially as not really needed <Can you spare a few minutes?>

5 : to have left over <I got there with time to spare.>

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