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Spanish translation of 'spare'

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[spɛəʳ ]
(extra) de másde sobra
(reserve) de reserva
(free) libre
there’s a spare blanket if you’re cold hay una manta de más or de sobra si tienes frío
take a spare pair of socks llévate otro par de calcetines
I keep a spare pair of glasses guardo unas gafas de reserva
I leave a spare key with the neighbours dejo una llave de reserva en casa de los vecinos
I always keep a bit of spare cash for emergencies siempre guardo un poco de dinero extra para emergencias
is there a seat spare? ¿queda algún asiento libre?
is there any milk spare? ¿queda leche?
have you got a spare jacket I could borrow? ¿tienes otra chaqueta para prestarme?
I do it whenever I get a spare moment lo hago cuando tengo un momento libre
spare time tiempo m libre
to go spare (informal) (be available) sobrarquedar; (British) (get angry) ponerse como loco (inf)
there are two tickets going spare quedan or sobran dos entradas
the boss will go spare when he finds out el jefe se pondrá como loco cuando se entere (inf)
2.  (lean)
[body, build] enjuto (liter)
3.  (sparse) (literary) austerosobrio
1.  (gen)
always carry a spare in case you have a puncture lleve siempre una rueda de recambio or repuesto por si tiene un pinchazo
I’ve lost my toothbrush and I don’t have a spare he perdido el cepillo de dientes y no tengo otro
2.  (also: spare part) (pieza f de) recambio m(pieza f de) repuesto mrefacción f (Mexico)
transitive verb
1.  (make available)
can you spare the time? ¿dispones del tiempo?¿tienes tiempo?
it’s good of you to spare the time es muy amable de su parte dedicarme (este) tiempo
I can spare you five minutes le puedo conceder or dedicar cinco minutos
to spare a thought for sb pensar un momento en algn
2.  (do without)
can you spare this for a moment? ¿me puedo llevar esto un momento?
if you can spare it si no lo vas a necesitar
we can’t spare him now ahora no podemos prescindir de él
we completed the job with three days to spare terminamos el trabajo con tres días de antelación
I arrived at the station with two minutes/time to spare llegué a la estación con dos minutos de antelación/con tiempo de sobra
there’s enough and to spare basta y sobrahay más que suficiente para todos
3.  (be grudging with)
she spared no effort in helping me no escatimó esfuerzos para ayudarme
they spared no expense in refurbishing the house no repararon en or escatimaron gastos a la hora de renovar la casa
▪ proverb: spare the rod, spoil the child la letra con sangre entra
4.  (show mercy to) perdonar
the fire spared nothing el incendio no perdonó nada
to spare sb’s feelings no herir los sentimientos de algn
to spare sb’s life perdonar la vida a algn
5.  (save) ahorrarevitar
I’ll spare you the gory details me ahorraré los detalles escabrososte evitaré los detalles escabrosos
to spare sb the trouble of doing sth ahorrar or evitar a algn la molestia de hacer algo
I could have spared myself the trouble podía haberme ahorrado or evitado la molestia
see also blush noun
See spare ribs

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Example Sentences Including 'spare'

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It was finished with two days to spare.
Judd, Alan Ford Madox Ford (1990)
Such problems can be avoided if a proper charge is made for the use of spare capacity.
Charles A. D'Ambrosio & Stewart D. Hodges & Richard Brealey & Stewart Myers Principles of Corporate Finance (1991)
In the face of all this antiquity, the couple left the rough stone farmhouse pretty spare and plain.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Or the possibility of the new carpet failing to match the duvet in the spare bedroom.
Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Put the chicken in a roasting tin with room to spare.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
There is money to spare already beyond the original plans of the organisers.
Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Work you do in your spare time to help a friend has a lucky outcome.
The Sun (2012)
And how could it be supposed that his uncle and aunt would spare him again?
Jane Austen Emma (1815)
Love the idea of a cake stand but can't spare the shelf space?
Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Perhaps she is a spare in case one dies.
Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Foster parents will also be exempt when housing benefit is docked for council tenants with spare space.
The Sun (2013)
Is it really true that we are incapable of sparing a single minute for sorrow and respect?
Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Make sure you take spare robes in case you get wet.
The Sun (2007)
We had a spare bit of money but that has all gone now.
The Sun (2014)
Land sparing is already occurring on a grand scale.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Suggestions for uses for a spare dictionary to the usual address please.
Times, Sunday Times (2014)
We should spare a thought for the prisoners too.
Times, Sunday Times (2015)
You can't replace it just by shelling out more when you have some spare cash again.
Times, Sunday Times (2010)

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'spare' in Other Languages

British English: spare /spɛə/ ADJECTIVE
You use spare to describe something that is the same as things that you are already using, but that you do not need yet and are keeping ready in case another one is needed.
If possible keep a spare pair of glasses accessible in case your main pair is broken or lost.
  • American English: spare
  • Arabic: احْتِيَاطِيّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: excedente
  • Chinese: 备用的
  • Croatian: rezervni
  • Czech: náhradní
  • Danish: ekstra
  • Dutch: reserve
  • European Spanish: de más
  • Finnish: ylimääräinen
  • French: supplémentaire
  • German: übrig
  • Greek: εφεδρικός
  • Italian: di riserva
  • Japanese: 余分の
  • Korean: 여분의
  • Norwegian: reserve-
  • Polish: zapasowy
  • European Portuguese: excedente
  • Romanian: de rezervă
  • Russian: свободный
  • Spanish: de más
  • Swedish: i reserv
  • Thai: ซึ่งสำรองไว้
  • Turkish: yedek
  • Ukrainian: запасний
  • Vietnamese: thừa
British English: spare /spɛə/ VERB
If you spare time or money, you make it available.
I can only spare 35 minutes for this meeting.
  • American English: spare
  • Arabic: يَسْتَغْنِي
  • Brazilian Portuguese: conceder
  • Chinese: 宽容
  • Croatian: odvojiti
  • Czech: ušetřit
  • Danish: afse
  • Dutch: sparen persoon
  • European Spanish: emplear
  • Finnish: säästää joku joltakin
  • French: épargner
  • German: entbehren
  • Greek: φείδομαι
  • Italian: risparmiare
  • Japanese: 容赦する
  • Korean: 할애하다
  • Norwegian: skåne
  • Polish: oszczędzić darować
  • European Portuguese: poupar
  • Romanian: a se dispensa de
  • Russian: сохранить
  • Spanish: escatimar
  • Swedish: avvara
  • Thai: สงวนไว้
  • Turkish: ayırmak
  • Ukrainian: заощаджувати
  • Vietnamese: dành cho ai


Translation of spare from the Collins English to Spanish
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