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Synonyms of 'spare'

(adjective) 
Definition
extra to what is needed
He could have taken a spare key.
Synonyms
back-up
, ,
second
The suitcase contained clean shirts and a second pair of shoes.
, , ,
emergency
The plane is carrying emergency supplies.
,
additional
Additional troops have been sent to the region.
,
substitute
She found work as a substitute teacher.
,
fall-back
,
auxiliary
auxiliary fuel tanks
,
in reserve
This is the vehicle kept in reserve.
(adjective) 
Definition
extra to what is needed
They don't have a lot of spare cash.
Synonyms
extra
This exercise will help you burn up any extra calories.
,
surplus
Few people have large sums of surplus cash.
,
leftover
Leftover chicken makes a wonderful salad.
, , ,
odd
I found an odd sock in the washing machine.
,
unwanted
Community purchases of unwanted beef create a new beef mountain.
,
in excess
, ,
superfluous
My presence at the afternoon's proceedings was superflous.
,
going begging
,
Opposites
, ,
spoken for
,
allocated
,
designated
,
set aside
,
in use
,
earmarked
(adjective) 
In her spare time she raises funds for charity.
Synonyms
free
There's only one seat free on the train.
, , ,
(adjective) 
Definition
(of a person) tall and thin
She was thin and spare, with a shapely intelligent face.
Synonyms
thin
a tall, thin man with grey hair
,
lean
She watched the tall, lean figure step into the car.
,
slim
She is pretty, of slim build, with blue eyes.
,
slender
The crane raised its slender neck.
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slight
a man of slight build
, ,
gaunt
Looking gaunt and tired, he denied there was anything to worry about.
,
wiry
a wiry and athletic young man
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lank
a lank youth with a ponytail
,
macilent (rare)
Opposites
(adjective) 
The two rooms were spare and neat, stripped bare of ornaments.
Synonyms
meagre
a meagre 3% pay rise
,
sparing
I've not been sparing with the garlic.
,
modest
You don't get rich, but you can earn a modest living from it.
,
economical
As taxpayers we should be able to assume that the government is economical with our money.
,
frugal
Her diet was frugal.
,
scanty
So far, what scanty evidence we have points to two subjects.
(verb) 
Definition
to be able to afford or give
He suggested that his country could not spare the troops.
Synonyms
afford
The room afforded fine views of the city.
,
give
a bill that will give extra rights to thousands of elderly people
,
grant
France has agreed to grant him political asylum.
,
do without
, ,
part with
,
allow
Please allow 28 days for delivery.
,
bestow
The Queen has bestowed a knighthood on him.
,
dispense with
,
manage without
,
let someone have
(verb) 
Definition
to stop from killing, punishing, or injuring (someone)
Not a man was spared.
Synonyms
have mercy on
,
pardon
Hundreds of political prisoners were pardoned and released.
,
have pity on
, , ,
excuse
She was excused from her duties for the day.
,
let off (informal)
,
not harm
,
go easy on (informal)
,
leave unharmed
,
be merciful to
He had always been more merciful to girls than to boys.
,
grant pardon to
,
deal leniently with
,
leave uninjured
,
refrain from hurting
,
save (from harm)
,
relieve from
Opposites
show no mercy to
, , , , , ,

idiom

See go spare

phrase

See to spare

Additional synonyms

in the sense of additional
Additional troops have been sent to the region.
Synonyms
new,
increased,
appended,
add-on,
over-and-above
in the sense of allow
Definition
to set aside
Please allow 28 days for delivery.
in the sense of auxiliary
Definition
secondary or supplementary
auxiliary fuel tanks

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