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[speə] adj I
1) kept in addition to other similar things, so that you can use it if you need it
a spare key/battery[/ex]
Bring a towel and some spare clothes.[/ex]
2) available
Have you got any spare room in your car?[/ex]
II
verb [T]
spare [speə]
1) if you can spare something, you can give or lend it to someone because you do not need it
Can you spare a couple of pounds?[/ex]
We can't spare the staff for training sessions.[/ex]
2) if you can spare time, you have it available
Can you spare a couple of hours on Tuesday?[/ex]
We arrived at the airport with just 20 minutes to spare.[/ex]
It's kind of you to spare me a moment.[/ex]
3) to prevent someone from experiencing something that is unpleasant or painful
I want to spare her the embarrassment of asking for money.[/ex]
4) if you do not spare something, you use a lot of it in order to make something succeed
We will spare no effort to find the murderer.[/ex]
No expense was spared in organizing the conference.[/ex]
5) formal
to not harm or kill someone or something
The commander was so impressed by their bravery that he spared them.[/ex]
money/room/time etc to spare — more than enough money, room, time, etc[/ex]
We've got food to spare.[/ex]
III
noun [C]
spare [speə]
something that you have in addition to other similar things, that you can use if you need it

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