Synonyms of spare


1. spare part, spare, component, constituent, element

usage: an extra component of a machine or other apparatus

2. fifth wheel, spare, car wheel

usage: an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle

3. spare, score

usage: a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls


1. spare, save, refrain, forbear

usage: refrain from harming

2. spare, exempt, relieve, free

usage: save or relieve from an experience or action; "I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"

3. spare, give up, part with, dispense with, give

usage: give up what is not strictly needed; "he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"

4. spare, use, expend

usage: use frugally or carefully


1. spare, trim, thin (vs. fat), lean

usage: thin and fit; "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise"

2. excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus, unnecessary (vs. necessary), unneeded

usage: more than is needed, desired, or required; "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"

3. spare, free, unoccupied (vs. occupied)

usage: not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands"

4. spare, unnecessary (vs. necessary), unneeded

usage: kept in reserve especially for emergency use; "a reserve supply of food"; "a spare tire"; "spare parts"

5. bare(prenominal), scanty, spare, meager (vs. ample), meagre, meagerly, stingy, scrimpy

usage: lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet"

6. plain, bare, spare, unembellished, unornamented, unadorned (vs. adorned), undecorated

usage: lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"

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Definition and meaning of spare (Dictionary)