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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spare v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spared p. pr. & vb. n. Sparing.]
 1. To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save. “No cost would he spare.”
    [Thou] thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not spare.   --Milton.
    He that hath knowledge, spareth his words.   --Prov. xvii. 27.
 2. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
    Be pleased your plitics to spare.   --Dryden.
 Spare my sight the pain
 Of seeing what a world of tears it costs you.   --Dryden.
 3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
    Spare us, good Lord.   --Book of Common Prayer.
 Dim sadness did not spare
 That time celestial visages.   --Milton.
    Man alone can whom he conquers spare.   --Waller.
 4. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
    All the time he could spare from the necessary cares of his weighty charge, heestowed on . . . serving of God.   --Knolles.
 5. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
 Where angry Jove did never spare
 One breath of kind and temperate air.   --Roscommon.
    I could have better spared a better man.   --Shak.
 To spare one's self. (a) To act with reserve. [Obs.]
    Her thought that a lady should her spare.   --Chaucer.
 (b) To save one's self labor, punishment, or blame.