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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The patient felt nostalgic for the mechanism that had been a lifesaver so many times before. Keri Wiginton,, "Taking body parts and medical devices home after surgery — what to know," 5 June 2019 An extra lightweight layer will help keep your crotch area dry and are a lifesaver if your skirt blows up in the wind. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "12 Curvy Girl Fashion Hacks to Get You Through Summer," 23 May 2019 The Monique Lhuillier flagship store on the Upper East Side was a lifesaver, allowing her to put in a rush order on the Kate dress, made of French Chantilly lace with floral appliqué overlay and a classic fitted corset. Ryan Ray, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bride Found Her Gown One Month Before Her Absolutely Stunning Vineyard Wedding," 2 Apr. 2019 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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