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Definition of spar verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    spar

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//spɑː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɑːr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spar
    BrE BrE//spɑː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɑːr//
     
    he / she / it spars
    BrE BrE//spɑːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɑːrz//
     
    past simple sparred
    BrE BrE//spɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɑːrd//
     
    past participle sparred
    BrE BrE//spɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɑːrd//
     
    -ing form sparring
    BrE BrE//ˈspɑːrɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɑːrɪŋ//
     
    Combat sports
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] spar (with somebody) to make the movements used in boxing, either in training or to test the speed of your opponent’s reaction See related entries: Combat sports
  2. 2[intransitive] spar (with somebody) to argue with somebody, usually in a friendly way political sparring verbal sparring
  3. Word Originverb Old English sperran, spyrran ‘strike out’, of unknown origin; compare with Old Norse sperrask ‘kick out’.
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