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  • lacking embellishment or ornamentation
    • a plain hair style
    • unembellished white walls
    • functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete
  • lacking in amplitude or quantity
    • a bare livelihood
    • a scanty harvest
    • a spare diet
  • kept in reserve especially for emergency use
    • a reserve supply of food
    • a spare tire
    • spare parts
  • not taken up by scheduled activities
    • a free hour between classes
    • spare time on my hands
  • more than is needed, desired, or required
    • trying to lose excess weight
    • found some extra change lying on the dresser
    • yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant
    • skills made redundant by technological advance
    • sleeping in the spare room
    • supernumerary ornamentation
    • it was supererogatory of her to gloat
    • delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words
    • extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts
    • surplus cheese distributed to the needy
  • thin and fit
    • the spare figure of a marathon runner
    • a body kept trim by exercise
  • a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls
  • an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle
  • an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
  • use frugally or carefully
  • give up what is not strictly needed
    • he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey
  • save or relieve from an experience or action
    • I'll spare you from having to apologize formally
  • refrain from harming
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