spare

Spare describes something that is extra. If you have a spare tire for your bike you can replace a flat, and if there's enough change in your pocket you can spare some to patch a friend's tire.

As a noun, a verb, and an adjective, the word spare has many meanings. A leftover part is a spare, you can spare a life when you save an animal or person, and you have spare time when you finish a project early. If you "spare no expense" you spend lots of money and when you spare a friend's feelings, you keep upsetting details to yourself. And if you have a moment to spare, you have time to share.

Definitions of spare
  1. adjective
    more than is needed, desired, or required
    “sleeping in the spare room”
    synonyms: excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus
    unnecessary, unneeded
    not necessary
  2. adjective
    not taken up by scheduled activities
    spare time on my hands”
    synonyms: free
    unoccupied
    not held or filled or in use
  3. adjective
    kept in reserve especially for emergency use
    “a spare tire”
    spare parts”
    Synonyms:
    unnecessary, unneeded
    not necessary
  4. noun
    an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
    synonyms: spare part
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    type of:
    component, constituent, element
    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
  5. noun
    an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle
    synonyms: fifth wheel
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    type of:
    car wheel
    a wheel that has a tire and rim and hubcap; used to propel the car
  6. verb
    give up what is not strictly needed
    “he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey”
    synonyms: dispense with, give up, part with
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    type of:
    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  7. verb
    use frugally or carefully
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    type of:
    expend, use
    use up, consume fully
  8. adjective
    lacking in amplitude or quantity
    “a spare diet”
    synonyms: bare, scanty
    meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy
    deficient in amount or quality or extent
  9. adjective
    lacking embellishment or ornamentation
    synonyms: bare, plain, unembellished, unornamented
    unadorned, undecorated
    not decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction
  10. adjective
    thin and fit
    “the spare figure of a marathon runner”
    synonyms: trim
    lean, thin
    lacking excess flesh
  11. verb
    refrain from harming
    synonyms: save
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    types:
    favor, favour
    treat gently or carefully
    type of:
    forbear, refrain
    resist doing something
  12. verb
    save or relieve from an experience or action
    “I'll spare you from having to apologize formally”
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    type of:
    exempt, free, relieve
    grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
  13. noun
    a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls
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    type of:
    score
    the act of scoring in a game or sport
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