salve

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noun

ˈsav How to pronounce salve (audio)
ˈsäv,
ˈsalv,
ˈsälv
1
: an unctuous adhesive substance for application to wounds or sores
2
: a remedial or soothing influence or agency
a salve to their hurt feelings

salve

2 of 3

verb (1)

salved; salving

transitive verb

1
: to remedy (something, such as disease) with or as if with a salve
2
: quiet, assuage
give him a raise in salary to salve his feelingsUpton Sinclair

salve

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verb (2)

salved; salving
salvor
ˈsal-vər How to pronounce salve (audio)
-ˌvȯr
noun

Examples of salve in a Sentence

Verb (1) attempting to salve her conscience, she anonymously sent the store a sum of cash sufficient to cover the merchandise she had shoplifted
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Best For: Anyone with acne-prone skin should keep these in their arsenal of breakout-soothing salves. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 8 July 2024 But all of the characters eventually reveal a loneliness to echo Suzie’s — and most, in different ways, come to see Sunny as a salve or a solution. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019
Verb
The wound to the volunteers on the boards is not so easily salved. Kevin Rennie, Hartford Courant, 11 May 2024 But such prosecutions are incorrigibly inefficient, and the spectacle of Bashir obstructing efforts to expose his regime’s wrongdoing will hardly salve the country’s trauma. Zachariah Mampilly, Foreign Affairs, 2 May 2019 See all Example Sentences for salve 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English sealf; akin to Old High German salba salve, Greek olpē oil flask

Verb (2)

back-formation from salvage

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salve was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Salve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salve. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

salve

1 of 2 noun
ˈsav How to pronounce salve (audio)
ˈsȧv
: a healing ointment

salve

2 of 2 verb
salved; salving
: to ease or soothe with or as if with a salve

Medical Definition

salve

noun
ˈsav How to pronounce salve (audio) ˈsäv How to pronounce salve (audio) ˈsȧv How to pronounce salve (audio)
ˈsalv,
ˈsälv
: an unctuous adhesive substance for application to wounds or sores

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