au·​to·​save ˈȯ-tō-ˌsāv How to pronounce autosave (audio)
: a function of a computer program (such as a word processor or spreadsheet) that automatically saves an open file at regular intervals
autosave verb, transitive + intransitive

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Typical workarounds for Valhalla quest bugs, like reloading an earlier autosave, don’t fix the bug. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021 Shortly after this glitch, the game spawned a super-powerful foe nearby who insta-killed me, and the autosave system repeatedly forced me to deal with this knight while my target somehow despawned. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 14 Oct. 2020 Updating…There is an autosave of this post that is more recent than the version below. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, 21 May 2020 The program includes an autosave feature that lets customers set up repeat transfers, say $10 a week, from their checking account to savings. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 12 Feb. 2020 There's now an autosave function between levels, which is welcome, but dying in a mission—and this includes accidental jumps into open pits—completely restarts the level, as opposed to triggering a checkpoint. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 6 Aug. 2019 Turning on the autosave feature on an old version of the Windows 10 OneDrive app would actually turn on KFR automatically, but didn’t always move the files from the user’s PC to the cloud. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 9 Oct. 2018 See More

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Word History


auto- + save entry 1

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autosave was in 1969

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“Autosave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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