American English

Definition of spare adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    not used/needed
  1. 1[usually before noun] that is not being used or is not needed at the present time We have a spare bedroom, if you'd like to stay. I'm afraid I don't have any spare cash.
  2. extra
  3. 2[only before noun] kept in case you need to replace the one you usually use; extra a spare key/tire Take some spare clothes in case you get wet.
  4. time
  5. 3available to do what you want with rather than work He's studying music in his spare time. I haven't had a spare moment this morning.
  6. person
  7. 4thin, and usually quite tall
  8. writing
  9. 5plain and simple but elegant the writer's spare prose
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spare