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verb \ˈsāv\

Simple Definition of save

  • : to keep (someone or something) safe : to stop (someone or something) from dying or being hurt, damaged, or lost

  • : to stop (something) from ending or failing : to make (something that is in danger of failing) successful

  • : to keep (something) from being lost or wasted

Full Definition of save


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to deliver from sinb :  to rescue or deliver from danger or harmc :  to preserve or guard from injury, destruction, or lossd :  to store (data) in a computer or on a storage device (as a floppy disk or CD)

  3. 2a :  to put aside as a store or reserve :  accumulate <saving money for emergencies>b :  to spend less by <save 25 percent>

  4. 3a :  to make unnecessary :  avoid <it saves an hour's driving>b (1) :  to keep from being lost to an opponent (2) :  to prevent an opponent from scoring or winning

  5. 4 :  maintain, preserve <save appearances>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to rescue or deliver someone

  8. 2a :  to put aside moneyb :  to avoid unnecessary waste or expense :  economizec :  to spend less money

  9. 3 :  to make a save

sav·able or save·able play \ˈsā-və-bəl\ adjective
sav·er noun

Examples of save

  1. He is trying to save his marriage by going to counseling for his drug addiction.

  2. She saved a tense situation by staying calm.

  3. Thinner computer monitors save space.

  4. She would rather save than spend.

  5. Save a little money for later.

  6. She saves part of her pay every week.

  7. I saved $20,000 for a down payment on the house.

  8. She saved $15 at the grocery store by using coupons.

Origin of save

Middle English, from Anglo-French salver, from Late Latin salvare, from Latin salvus safe — more at safe

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of save

rescue, deliver, redeem, ransom, reclaim, save mean to set free from confinement or danger. rescue implies freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action <rescued the crew of a sinking ship>. deliver implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering <delivered his people from bondage>. redeem implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary <job training designed to redeem school dropouts from chronic unemployment>. ransom specifically applies to buying out of captivity <tried to ransom the kidnap victim>. reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased <reclaimed long-abandoned farms>. save may replace any of the foregoing terms; it may further imply a preserving or maintaining for usefulness or continued existence <an operation that saved my life>.




Simple Definition of save

  • : a play that stops an opponent from scoring a goal

  • baseball of a relief pitcher : the act of keeping a team's lead when replacing another pitcher at the end of a game

Full Definition of save

  1. 1 :  a play that prevents an opponent from scoring or winning

  2. 2 :  the action of a relief pitcher in baseball in successfully protecting a team's lead; also :  official credit for a save

Examples of save

  1. The goalie made a spectacular save.

  2. He leads the league in saves.


First Known Use of save


Other Baseball Terms




Simple Definition of save

  • : other than : but or except

Full Definition of save

  1. :  other than :  but, except <no hope save one>

Examples of save

  1. We had no hope save one.

  2. <everyone save me is going to the party>

Origin of save

Middle English sauf, from Anglo-French sauve, from sauf, adjective, safe — more at safe

First Known Use: 14th century




Definition of save

  1. 1 :  except for the fact that :  only —used with that <of his earlier years little is known, save that he studied violin — J. N. Burk>

  2. 2 :  but, except —used before a word often taken to be the subject of a clause <no one knows about it save she>

Examples of save

  1. Little is known about his early years save that he left home when he was very young.

14th Century

First Known Use of save

14th century


geographical name

Definition of Save

  1. — see sabi

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