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Definition 1: a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls - [noun denoting act]

(spare is a kind of ...) the act of scoring in a game or sport

"the winning score came with less than a minute left to play"

Definition 2: an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for spare in the sense of this definition

(spare is a kind of ...) a wheel that has a tire and rim and hubcap; used to propel the car

Definition 3: an extra component of a machine or other apparatus - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for spare in the sense of this definition

(spare is a kind of ...) an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system

"spare components for cars" "a component or constituent element of a system"

Definition 4: use frugally or carefully - [verb of consumption]

(spare is a kind of ...) use up, consume fully

"The legislature expended its time on school questions"

Definition 5: give up what is not strictly needed - [verb of possession]

Samples where spare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey

Synonyms for spare in the sense of this definition

(spare is a kind of ...) transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

"I gave her my money" "can you give me lessons?" "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"

Synonyms for spare in the sense of this definition

(spare is a kind of ...) resist doing something

"He refrained from hitting him back" "she could not forbear weeping"

(... is a kind of spare ) treat gently or carefully

Samples where spare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'll spare you from having to apologize formally

(spare is a kind of ...) grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

"She exempted me from the exam"

Definition 8: lacking in magnitude or quantity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where spare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bare livelihood
  • a scanty harvest
  • a spare diet

Synonyms for spare in the sense of this definition

(spare is similar to ...) deficient in amount or quality or extent

"meager resources" "meager fare"

Definition 9: thin and fit - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where spare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the spare figure of a marathon runner
  • a body kept trim by exercise

Synonyms for spare in the sense of this definition

(spare is similar to ...) lacking excess flesh

"you can't be too rich or too thin" "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"

Definition 10: lacking embellishment or ornamentation - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where spare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a plain hair style
  • unembellished white walls
  • functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete

Synonyms for spare in the sense of this definition

(spare is similar to ...) not decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction

Definition 11: not taken up by scheduled activities - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where spare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a free hour between classes
  • spare time on my hands

Synonyms for spare in the sense of this definition

(spare is similar to ...) not held or filled or in use

"an unoccupied telephone booth" "unoccupied hours"

Definition 12: more than is needed, desired, or required - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where spare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • trying to lose excess weight
  • found some extra change lying on the dresser
  • yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant
  • skills made redundant by technological advance
  • sleeping in the spare room
  • supernumerary ornamentation
  • it was supererogatory of her to gloat
  • delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words
  • extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts
  • surplus cheese distributed to the needy

Synonyms for spare in the sense of this definition

(spare is similar to ...) not necessary

Definition 13: kept in reserve especially for emergency use - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where spare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a reserve supply of food
  • a spare tire
  • spare parts

(spare is similar to ...) not necessary

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