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Spare \Spare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spared; p. pr. & vb. n. Sparing.] [AS. sparian, fr. sp[ae]r spare, sparing, saving; akin to D. & G. sparen, OHG. spar?n, Icel. & Sw. spara, Dan. spare See Spare, a.]

  1. To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save. ``No cost would he spare.''

    [Thou] thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not spare.

    He that hath knowledge, spareth his words.
    --Prov. xvii. 27.

  2. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.

    Be pleased your plitics to spare.

    Spare my sight the pain Of seeing what a world of tears it costs you.

  3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.

    Spare us, good Lord.
    --Book of Common Prayer.

    Dim sadness did not spare That time celestial visages.

    Man alone can whom he conquers spare.

  4. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.

    All the time he could spare from the necessary cares of his weighty charge, he ?estowed on . . . serving of God.

  5. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with. Where angry Jove did never spare One breath of kind and temperate air. --Roscommon. I could have better spared a better man. --Shak. To spare one's self.

    1. To act with reserve. [Obs.]

      Her thought that a lady should her spare.

    2. To save one's self labor, punishment, or blame.


vb. (en-past of: spare)