spar·​ing | \ ˈsper-iŋ How to pronounce sparing (audio) \

Definition of sparing

1 : marked by or practicing careful restraint (as in the use of resources)
2 : meager, bare the map is sparing of information

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Other Words from sparing

sparingly adverb

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sparing, frugal, thrifty, economical mean careful in the use of one's money or resources. sparing stresses abstention and restraint. sparing in the offering of advice frugal implies absence of luxury and simplicity of lifestyle. ran a frugal household thrifty stresses good management and industry. thrifty use of nonrenewable resources economical stresses prudent management, lack of wastefulness, and use of things to their best advantage. an economical health-care plan

Examples of sparing in a Sentence

a sparing couple who are trying to save up enough for a house a government agency that has always been sparing of public information

First Known Use of sparing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sparing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sparing

: not using or giving a lot of something


spar·​ing | \ ˈsper-iŋ \

Kids Definition of sparing

: careful in the use of money or supplies I've been sparing with the cornmeal, but it's almost gone …— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie The campers were sparing with the matches.

Other Words from sparing

sparingly adverb She used her savings sparingly.

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