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 Moving then away from a place where the pandemic surge is blocking emergency care could be a lifesaver. Carolyn Rosenblatt, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Stratton says the forest classroom was a lifesaver during everything that's been going on in the last year. Susan Young,, 23 Aug. 2021 Cleaning wipes have been a lifesaver this past year. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 All in all, the hope is that the advent of self-driving cars will produce a mobility-for-all outcome and be a lifesaver in a multitude of figurative and literal ways. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Otherwise swim with a group between the lifesaver flags. Meredith Lepore, Travel + Leisure, 21 Aug. 2021 For more than 10,000 businesses that showcase the arts and entertainment across America, a single pandemic relief aid has been nothing less than a lifesaver. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 6 Aug. 2021 The brand’s exfoliator is a lifesaver that keeps my skin glowing. Alexis Bennet, Vogue, 6 Aug. 2021 Curbside grocery pick-up has become a lifesaver, especially during the pandemic. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 26 July 2021

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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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23 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lifesaver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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Nglish: Translation of lifesaver for Spanish Speakers


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