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 While this art form isn’t used by most people today, tracking can still be a lifesaver in certain situations. Popular Science, "10 caveperson survival skills you need to know," 31 Aug. 2020 That’s why robot vacuums are a lifesaver for pet owners. Jayla Andrulonis,, "This Robotic Vacuum Is Sold Out on Amazon — but Here’s Where You Can Get It for 66% Off," 27 Aug. 2020 In some cases, outdoor dining has been a lifesaver for restaurants. Frank Edgerton Martin Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Outdoor dining has breathed new life into Minnesota restaurants," 21 Aug. 2020 For several years, the church reserve fund has been its lifesaver, tapped to pay for both staff and operations. Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, "Faith groups grapple with economic fallout of COVID-19," 22 Aug. 2020 But the hospitality sector in Britain, as elsewhere in the world, has been devastated by the lockdown and this is widely seen as a lifesaver for the beloved and beleaguered British pub. Chris Jones,, "Want to go out for dinner? How about if the government pays half your bill? In Britain, it does.," 13 Aug. 2020 Chung says this watch can be a literal lifesaver by warning of potentially dangerous health complications. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Maximize your Peloton ride with these top-selling heart rate monitors on Amazon," 13 Aug. 2020 An extra lightweight layer will help keep your crotch area dry and is a lifesaver if your skirt blows up in the wind. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "16 Genius Curvy Girl Fashion Hacks to Get You Ready for Hot Girl Summer," 23 June 2020 Waterproof mascara is a lifesaver for sweaty, summer days and keeping lashes curled for hours. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Stubborn Waterproof Mascara Without Losing Eyelashes," 3 June 2020

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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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10 Sep 2020

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“Lifesaver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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