Translation of spare in Spanish:
- 1 1.1 (not in use) have you got a spare umbrella you could lend me?have you got any spare paper o (in British English also) any paper spare?¿tienes un paraguas de más que me puedas prestar?there's a spare seat in the bus¿tienes un poco de papel que no te haga falta?there was not an ounce of spare flesh on himsobra un asiento or queda un asiento libre en el autobústo go spare (British English) [colloquial]no le sobraba ni un gramo de grasa(become distraught)enloquecerse(lit: be available)there are two tickets going spare for tonight's performance1.2 (in case of need) (before noun)sobran dos entradas para la función de esta noche(key/cartridge)take a spare change of clothes, just in casellévate una muda de más, por si acasoExample sentences1.3 (free) in my spare moments
if you've got a spare minuteen mis ratos libressee also → spare timesi tienes un minuto (libre)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.
- 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] 2.1 (lean)(person/build)2.2 (austere)cenceño [literary]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.
- 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) See examples: I'll take a spare just in caseI'm always losing my key; I think I'll have a spare madellevaré uno de repuesto por si acaso1.2siempre estoy perdiendo la llave, creo que haré un duplicado para tener de repuestoalso: spares plural(spare parts)(British English)repuestos (masculine plural) or (Mexico) refacciones (feminine plural)Example sentences
- After E, above you put the kit back together and have a large box of spares left over.
- He played his bass like he had five spares waiting backstage.
- Everybody in the world should buy all Miyazaki's films twice and then give their spares to each other.
- 2 (in bowling)semipleno (masculine)Example sentences
- I threw a gutter ball, screwing up my spare from the frame before.
- After her first turn, she'd decided to get the five gutter balls out of the way and missed the first ball, then got a spare.
- He knocked down nine pins with his first ball, then picked up the spare.
- 1 1.1 (do without) See examples: can you spare your dictionary for a moment?we'd like to help you out, but we can't spare the staff¿me permites el diccionario un momento, si no lo necesitas?if you can spare the timenos gustaría ayudarlos, pero no podemos prescindir del personal1.2 (give)to spare (somebody) somethingcan you spare me a pound?si tienes or dispones de tiempocan you spare me a few minutes?¿tienes una libra que me prestes/des?he spared us an hour from his busy schedule¿tienes unos minutos?to spare a thought for somebodynos concedió or dedicó una hora de su apretado programapensar un momento en alguienExample sentences1.3to spare (as adj) there's food to spare
have you got a few minutes to spare?hay comida de sobrawe arrived at the station with half an hour/seconds to spare¿tienes unos minutos?is there enough? — yes, enough and to sparellegamos a la estación con media hora de anticipación/con el tiempo justo¿hay suficiente? — sí, basta y sobra
- You have all this money and you won't spare enough to let your own child go back home.
- My most recent one just said basically that I'm a homeless man, can you spare some change to help me provide some food.
- Can anyone spare me a couple of quid?
- 2 2.1 (keep from using, stint) (usually negative) to spare no effortto spare no expenseno escatimar or ahorrar esfuerzosa no-expense-spared productionno reparar en gastos2.2 (save, relieve) See examples:to spare somebody somethinguna producción a lo grande or por todo lo alto(trouble/embarrassment)I'm only trying to spare you the bother of having to do it againahorrarle algo
aalguienevitarle algo aalguienspare me the details/sarcasmsolo estoy tratando de ahorrarte la molestia de tener que hacerlo de nuevoahórrate los detalles/el sarcasmoExample sentences
Example sentences2.3 (show mercy, consideration toward) to spare somebody's life
- For where is the man who would spare the lives of the vanquished if he saw more profit in killing than in sparing them?…
- The rains in the end of May did not spare even posh areas.
- And I have to say that my opinion is with the rest of my family that the fact that her life was spared was enough.
not to spare oneselfperdonarle la vida a alguienthe epidemic spared no oneser muy exigente consigo mismoto spare somebody's feelingsla epidemia no perdonó a nadieno herir los sentimientos de alguien
- Much of the film feels profoundly sad, as Donovan spares no unpleasant detail, making for a sobering look at someone so attached to the bottle.
- As children's fears invite adult protection, an anxious child will be spared from unpleasant duties or routines.
- We are spared most of the violence of the situation, and really only see its conclusion.
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