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spares

verb
present tense third-person singular of spare

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to use or give out in stingy amounts
  • I'll have a banana split—and don't spare the whipped cream

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2 to avoid unnecessary waste or expense
  • she had grown up during the Great Depression, so she was no stranger to sparing

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spares

noun
plural of spare

Synonyms & Antonyms of spares (Entry 2 of 2)

an interchangeable part or piece of equipment that is kept on hand for replacement of an original
  • we promptly replaced the burnt-out lightbulb with a spare

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“Spares.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/spares. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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