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Pronunciation: /sper; speə(r)/

Translation of spare in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (not in use) de más have you got a spare umbrella you could lend me? ¿tienes un paraguas de más que me puedas prestar? have you got any spare paper o (in British English also/en inglés británico también) any paper spare? ¿tienes un poco de papel que no te haga falta? there's a spare seat in the bus sobra un asiento or queda un asiento libre en el autobús there was not an ounce of spare flesh on him no le sobraba ni un gramo de grasa to go spare (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] (become distraught) enloquecerse*, volverse* loco (lit: be available) sobrar there are two tickets going spare for tonight's performance sobran dos entradas para la función de esta noche 1.2 (in case of need) (before noun/delante del nombre) [key/cartridge] de repuesto take a spare change of clothes, just in case llévate una muda de más, por si acaso
    Example sentences
    • Keren occupied only one leaving his spare seats free.
    • Open crates and various strange pieces of equipment seemed to occupy every spare bit of space.
    • It's the only spare seat in the whole classroom.
    1.3 (free) libre in my spare moments en mis ratos libres if you've got a spare minute si tienes un minuto (libre) see also spare time
    Example sentences
    • For most acts, this wouldn't work, but Lemon Jelly has a style that requires headphones and a spare 45 minutes to absorb the album from start to finish.
    • A question from another child revealed Mr Blunkett wishes he had more spare time.
    • I have more spare time and I'm more perceptive of my life and my surroundings.
  • 2 [literary/literario] 2.1 (lean) [person/build] enjuto [literary/literario], cenceño [literary/literario] 2.2 (austere) sobrio
    Example sentences
    • Critics usually describe Hemingway's style as simple, spare, and journalistic.
    • These recordings are spare and simple - just three guys in a room playing clean, clear lines and letting them ring.
    • Glazed all along its south side, it offers a simple, spare and sunny series of places that provide a surprising number of possibilities for eating in company.
    Example sentences
    • She was spare featured with a thin mouth and rectangular face.
    • Empty but not hungry, she felt sleek and spare, like a dragonfly.
    • A tall, spare man with jet black hair leaned over the counter to greet them.


  • 1 1.1 (reserve) I'll take a spare just in case llevaré uno de repuesto por si acaso I'm always losing my key; I think I'll have a spare made siempre estoy perdiendo la llave, creo que haré un duplicado para tener de repuesto 1.2
    (spares plural)
    (spare parts) (British English/inglés británico) repuestos (masculine plural) or (Mexico/México) refacciones (feminine plural)
  • 2 (in bowling) semipleno (masculine)

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (do without) can you spare your dictionary for a moment? ¿me permites el diccionario un momento, si no lo necesitas? we'd like to help you out, but we can't spare the staff nos gustaría ayudarlos, pero no podemos prescindir del personal if you can spare the time si tienes or dispones de tiempo 1.2 (give)to spare (sb) sth can you spare me a pound? ¿tienes una libra que me prestes/des? can you spare me a few minutes? ¿tienes unos minutos? he spared us an hour from his busy schedule nos concedió or dedicó una hora de su apretado programa to spare a thought for sb pensar* un momento en algn 1.3to spare (as adj) there's food to spare hay comida de sobra have you got a few minutes to spare? ¿tienes unos minutos? we arrived at the station with half an hour/seconds to spare llegamos a la estación con media hora de anticipación/con el tiempo justo is there enough? — yes, enough and to spare ¿hay suficiente? — sí, basta y sobra
  • 2 2.1 (keep from using, stint) (usually negative/generalmente negativo) to spare no effort no escatimar or ahorrar esfuerzos to spare no expense no reparar en gastos a no-expense-spared production una producción a lo grande or por todo lo alto 2.2 (save, relieve) to spare sb sth [trouble/embarrassment] ahorrarle algo a algn, evitarle algo a algn I'm only trying to spare you the bother of having to do it again solo estoy tratando de ahorrarte la molestia de tener que hacerlo de nuevo spare me the details/sarcasm ahórrate los detalles/el sarcasmo 2.3 (show mercy, consideration toward) perdonar to spare sb's life perdonarle la vida a algn not to spare oneself ser* muy exigente consigo mismo the epidemic spared no one la epidemia no perdonó a nadie to spare sb's feelings no herir* los sentimientos de algn

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