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Wordnet 3.0


1. avoiding waste;
- Example: "an economical meal"
- Example: "an economical shopper"
- Example: "a frugal farmer"
- Example: "a frugal lunch"
- Example: "a sparing father and a spending son"
- Example: "sparing in their use of heat and light"
- Example: "stinting in bestowing gifts"
- Example: "thrifty because they remember the great Depression"
- Example: "`scotch' is used only informally"
[syn: economical, frugal, scotch, sparing, stinting]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Spare \Spare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spared; p. pr. & vb. n. Sparing.] [AS. sparian, fr. spaer spare, sparing, saving; akin to D. & G. sparen, OHG. spar?n, Icel. & Sw. spara, Dan. spare See Spare, a.] 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." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] [Thou] thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not spare. --Milton. [1913 Webster] He that hath knowledge, spareth his words. --Prov. xvii. 27. [1913 Webster] 2. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give. [1913 Webster] Be pleased your plitics to spare. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Spare my sight the pain Of seeing what a world of tears it costs you. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to. [1913 Webster] Spare us, good Lord. --Book of Common Prayer. [1913 Webster] Dim sadness did not spare That time celestial visages. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Man alone can whom he conquers spare. --Waller. [1913 Webster] 4. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty. [1913 Webster] All the time he could spare from the necessary cares of his weighty charge, he ?estowed on . . . serving of God. --Knolles. [1913 Webster] 5. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with. [1913 Webster] Where angry Jove did never spare One breath of kind and temperate air. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster] I could have better spared a better man. --Shak. [1913 Webster] To spare one's self. (a) To act with reserve. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Her thought that a lady should her spare. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] (b) To save one's self labor, punishment, or blame. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sparing \Spar"ing\, a. Spare; saving; frugal; merciful. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] -- Spar"ing*ly, adv. -- Spar"ing*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sparing adj 1: avoiding waste; "an economical meal"; "an economical shopper"; "a frugal farmer"; "a frugal lunch"; "a sparing father and a spending son"; "sparing in their use of heat and light"; "stinting in bestowing gifts"; "thrifty because they remember the great Depression"; "`scotch' is used only informally" [syn: economical, frugal, scotch, sparing, stinting]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

130 Moby Thesaurus words for "sparing": Lenten, Scotch, Spartan, absolution, abstemious, amnesty, ascetic, austere, benevolent, canny, careful, chary, cheap, cheeseparing, close, conciliatory, conserving, cooling, cooling down, cooling off, curtailment, cutback, dwarfed, dwarfish, economic, economical, economization, economizing, exculpation, excuse, exemption, exiguous, exoneration, forbearing, forehanded, forgiving, frugal, frugal to excess, generous, grace, immunity, impoverished, indemnity, jejune, kind, labor-saving, lean, limited, long-suffering, longanimous, low growth rate, magnanimous, meager, mean, measured, mingy, miserly, moderate, money-saving, narrow, niggardly, overfrugal, paltry, pardon, parsimonious, patient, penny-pinching, penny-wise, penny-wise and pound-foolish, penurious, placable, poor, provident, prudent, prudential, puny, redemption, reduction of expenses, reduction of spending, remission, remission of sin, reprieve, restrained, retrenchment, saving, scamping, scant, scanty, scraping, scrawny, scrimp, scrimping, scrimpy, shrift, skimp, skimping, skimpy, slender, slight, slim, slowdown, small, sober, spare, sparse, starvation, stingy, stinted, stinting, straitened, stunted, subsistence, temperate, thin, thrifty, tight, tight-fisted, tightfisted, time-saving, tolerant, too frugal, ungiving, unnourishing, unnutritious, unresentful, unrevengeful, unwasteful, wary, watered, watery