life·​sav·​er | \ ˈlīf-ˌsā-vər How to pronounce lifesaver (audio) \

Definition of lifesaver

1 : one trained to save lives of drowning persons
2 : one that is at once timely and effective in time of distress or need

Examples of lifesaver in a Sentence

a surgical procedure that has been a lifesaver for many people This multipurpose tool can be a real lifesaver when something needs fixing. Frozen dinners can be lifesavers for busy parents. Thanks so much for offering to help. You're a real lifesaver!
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Recent Examples on the Web

The Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair was a lifesaver for me. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "The Secret to Jennifer Garner's Glowy, Ageless Skin," 8 Apr. 2019 Anny Choi, Market Editor My Ludwig Reiter boots meant for the slopes have been a lifesaver this brutal New York City winter. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Best Shoes to Wear to Work This Winter," 25 Jan. 2019 The Braun ThermoScan 5 is a lifesaver and SO easy to use. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Southern Charm' Star Cameran Eubanks and Her Husband Aren't Giving Their Daughter Christmas Presents," 7 Dec. 2018 Offline downloads are supported on Android and iOS, which can be a lifesaver on flights, during other long travel, or even for those boring afternoons on vacation. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Verge Cord Cutter’s Guide: hardware, software, and services," 20 Dec. 2018 Watch below to see Lana struggle with a prop lifesaver, talk to a stuffed-animal dog, and play Peter Kavinsky, almost as good as Noah himself. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor Impersonated Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky in "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"," 18 Dec. 2018 The lifesaver is still in fundraising stages, but its maker is already offering different deals and packages consumers can take advantage of. Rori Kotch, Country Living, "This Life Vest Alternative Might Completely Change How You Swim," 8 July 2015 Theodora Rose has another very special credit to her name: lifesaver. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Theodora Rose Williams Will Reportedly Be a Page Girl at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 30 Sep. 2018 Therefore, skeptics tend to argue that bednets are not such great lifesavers after all. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Bednets are one of our best tools against malaria — but myths about their misuse threaten to obscure that," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of lifesaver

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lifesaver was in 1887

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English Language Learners Definition of lifesaver

: something that saves a person's life
: something or someone which provides help that is badly needed


life·​sav·​er | \ ˈlīf-ˌsā-vər How to pronounce lifesaver (audio) \

Kids Definition of lifesaver

: someone or something that provides greatly needed help

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an act or instance of returning to life

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