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Synonyms of spare in English:


  • 1 a spare set of keys
    North American  alternate
    [Antonyms] principal
  • 2 the company proposes to sell off spare land
    surplus, surplus to requirements, superfluous, too much/many, supernumerary, excessive, in excess, going begging;
    redundant, not required, unnecessary, inessential, unessential, needless, unneeded, uncalled for, dispensable, disposable, expendable, unwanted, useless;
    French de trop
    [Antonyms] useful, required
  • 3 what do you do in your spare time?
    free, leisure, unoccupied, own
    [Antonyms] occupied
  • 4 a spare, bearded figure
    willowy, sylphlike, svelte, lissom, graceful, snake-hipped, rangy, clean-limbed, trim, slight, slightly built, without an ounce of fat;
    thin, as thin as a reed, skinny, size-zero, gaunt, attenuated, lanky, spindly
    informal skin and bone
    [Antonyms] fat
  • Phrases

    go spare
    British informal he'll go spare if you're late
    become very angry, become enraged, go into a rage, lose one's temper
    British informal go crackers, do one's nut
    North American informal flip one's wig, blow one's lid/stack
    vulgar slang go apeshit


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  • 1 he could not spare any money
    afford, do without, manage without, get along without, dispense with, part with, give, let someone have, provide
  • 2 animal lovers launched an appeal to spare the dog few of the men were spared by their captors
    not harm, leave uninjured, leave unhurt;
    be merciful to, show mercy to, have mercy on, be lenient to, deal leniently with, have pity on;
    pardon, grant a pardon to, excuse, leave unpunished, forgive, reprieve, release, free, let off, amnesty
    informal go easy on
  • Phrases

    to spare
    we still have a few plants to spare
    left over, left, over, remaining, unused, unneeded, not required, still available, surplus to requirements;
    informal going begging
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