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spare
American English: /spɛr/
British English: /spɛː/

Translation of spare in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1 1.1 (not in use) 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) 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) [colloquial]
    (become distraught)
    enloquecerse
    (lit: be available)
    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)
    (key/cartridge)
    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) 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] 2.1 (lean)
    (person/build)
    cenceño [literary]
    2.2 (austere)
    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.

noun

  • 1 1.1 (reserve) See examples: 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
    also: 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.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (do without) See examples: 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 (somebody) somethingcan 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 somebody
    pensar un momento en alguien
    Example sentences
    • 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?
    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) 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) See examples:to spare somebody something
    (trouble/embarrassment)
    ahorrarle algo a alguien
    evitarle algo a alguien
    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
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    2.3 (show mercy, consideration toward) to spare somebody's life
    perdonarle la vida a alguien
    not to spare oneself
    ser muy exigente consigo mismo
    the epidemic spared no one
    la epidemia no perdonó a nadie
    to spare somebody's feelings
    no herir los sentimientos de alguien

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