: an amount of something that is not spent or used

savings : the amount of money that you have saved especially in a bank over a period of time

Full Definition of SAVING

:  preservation from danger or destruction :  deliverance
:  the act or an instance of economizing
a plural :  money put by
b :  the excess of income over consumption expenditures —often used in plural
c :  a usually specified lower cost —often used in plural <a savings of 50 percent>

Examples of SAVING

  1. The new system will provide a saving in labor.
  2. How much money do you have in savings?
  3. She has her savings in stocks.
  4. They were able to retire on their savings.

Origin of SAVING

Middle English, from gerund of saven to save
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SAVING



Definition of SAVING

:  except, save
:  without disrespect to

Examples of SAVING

  1. <saving three members, the club is now fully committed to the fund-raising project>

Origin of SAVING

Middle English, from present participle of saven
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of SAVING

:  except, save

Examples of SAVING

  1. <I would be ready, saving the fact that I can't find my missing shoe.>

First Known Use of SAVING

15th century

Related to SAVING

but, only, except, yet


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Process of setting aside a portion of current income for future use, or the resources accumulated in this way over a given period of time. Savings may take the form of bank deposits and cash holdings or securities. How much individuals save is affected by their preferences for future over present consumption and their expectations of future income. If individuals consume more than the value of their income, then their saving is negative and they are said to be dissaving. Individual saving may be measured by estimating disposable income and subtracting current consumption expenditures. A measure of business saving is the increase in net worth shown on a balance sheet. Total national saving is measured as the excess of national income over consumption and taxes. Saving is important to economic progress because of its relation to investment: an increase in productive wealth requires that some individuals abstain from consuming their entire income and make their savings available for investment.


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