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Main Entry: 1spare
Pronunciation: spa()r, spe()r
Inflected Form(s): spared; spar·ing
Etymology: Old English sparian "to refrain from harming" 1: to keep from being punished or harmed : show mercy <spared the prisoners> 2: to free of the need to do something <spare yourself the trouble> 3: to hold off from doing or spending <spare no cost> 4: to use or give out in small amounts <more pancakes, please, and don't spare the syrup> 5 a: to give up as not really needed <can you spare me a few minutes> <couldn't spare a dime> b: to have left over <got there with time to spare>