\ ˈsāv How to pronounce save (audio) \
saved; saving

Definition of save

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to deliver from sin
b : to rescue or deliver from danger or harm
c : to preserve or guard from injury, destruction, or loss
d : to store (data) in a computer or on a storage device (such as a CD or flash drive) save a file Remember to save your work frequently.
2a : to put aside as a store or reserve : accumulate saving money for emergencies
b : to spend less by save 25 percent
3a : to make unnecessary : avoid it saves an hour's driving
b(1) : to keep from being lost to an opponent
(2) : to prevent an opponent from scoring or winning
4 : maintain, preserve save appearances

intransitive verb

1 : to rescue or deliver someone
2a : to put aside money
b : to avoid unnecessary waste or expense : economize
c : to spend less money
3 : to make a save



Definition of save (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a play that prevents an opponent from scoring or winning
2 : the action of a relief pitcher in baseball in successfully protecting a team's lead also : official credit for a save

Definition of save (Entry 3 of 4)

: other than : but, except no hope save one

Definition of save (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : except for the fact that : only used with thatof his earlier years little is known, save that he studied violin— J. N. Burk
2 : but, except used before a word often taken to be the subject of a clauseno one knows about it save she

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savable or saveable \ ˈsā-​və-​bəl How to pronounce saveable (audio) \ adjective
saver noun

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rescue, deliver, redeem, ransom, reclaim, save mean to set free from confinement or danger. rescue implies freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action. rescued the crew of a sinking ship deliver implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering. delivered his people from bondage redeem implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary. job training designed to redeem school dropouts from chronic unemployment ransom specifically applies to buying out of captivity. tried to ransom the kidnap victim reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased. reclaimed long-abandoned farms save may replace any of the foregoing terms; it may further imply a preserving or maintaining for usefulness or continued existence. an operation that saved my life

Examples of save in a Sentence

Verb He is trying to save his marriage by going to counseling for his drug addiction. She saved a tense situation by staying calm. Thinner computer monitors save space. She would rather save than spend. Save a little money for later. She saves part of her pay every week. I saved $20,000 for a down payment on the house. She saved $15 at the grocery store by using coupons. Noun The goalie made a spectacular save. He leads the league in saves. Preposition We had no hope save one. everyone save me is going to the party Conjunction Little is known about his early years save that he left home when he was very young.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Sooners have historically leaned on two running backs under Riley (save for that Rodney Anderson stretch in 2017), and that position is wide open heading into the summer. Spenser Davis, Dallas News, "5 key issues for Oklahoma heading into next season: Who will emerge at WR?," 15 May 2020 Keeping moving in the jungle is not going to save your life. Michael Bond, Wired, "Why Humans Totally Freak Out When They Get Lost," 13 May 2020 Inspired by real events, get drawn into the world of Charlie, a factory owner working tirelessly to save his family business, and Lola, an entertainer who will long etch herself into your memory. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "6 Feel-Good Broadway Musicals to Stream Right Now," 13 May 2020 To save the number in your mobile phone, text POISON to 797979. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "38% rise in bleach poisoning predates Trump’s suggestion, data shows," 13 May 2020 That last measure alone might have saved the lives of Michelle Mosure and her children. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, "When Will We Care About Domestic Violence?," 13 May 2020 In the West, K-beauty brands have become staples in most female beauty gurus' medicine cabinets, but those of men largely remain bare (save for the odd Kiehl's moisturizer). Natalie Morin,, "What K-Pop’s Beautiful Men Can Teach Us About Masculinity," 12 May 2020 That saves farmers millions of dollars on pesticides. Lela Nargi, Washington Post, "Tiny backpacks show scientists the amazing lives of bats," 12 May 2020 This means older people will earn less, save less, and have less money for retirement. Caroline Cicero, The Conversation, "Out with the old: Coronavirus highlights why we need new names for aging," 6 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the ninth inning, Victor Reyes singled as the game-tying run, but right-hander Scott Oberg picked up the save, setting the Tigers down in order afterward. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Virtual Tigers can't sweep Rockies; does the team have an everyday third baseman?," 7 May 2020 The video game doesn’t acknowledge injuries, so Pablo Sandoval was eligible, and Reyes Moronta earned the save. John Shea,, "Day in the life with Giants’ Brandon Crawford: Sheltering in a busy place," 5 Apr. 2020 Trey Singleton pitched the eighth to pick up the save. Ben Thomas |, al, "Coastal Spring Highlights: Maddux Bruns strikes out 15 in UMS-Wright victory," 16 Mar. 2020 Rene Sanchez entered in the bottom of the ninth for the save. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Baseball: Tejada fuels Humble as squad seeks return to playoffs," 14 Mar. 2020 That landed him fourth in the Cy Young voting behind his teammate, Fingers, who posted a ridiculous 1.04 ERA with a league-best 28 saves to garner both the Cy Young and MVP honor, narrowly edging Rickey Henderson for the latter honor. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Brewers make a deal for three 1980s cornerstones," 20 Apr. 2020 Until the late 1980s, the desolate, hilly chunk of desert was empty save for military bases, roaming herds of ibex and a few settlements of nomadic Bedouins. Yadid Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Wines From Israel’s Negev Desert May Represent the Future of Viticulture," 16 Apr. 2020 And the guy Yzerman traded for in November, Eric Comrie, was placed on waivers after posting an .864 save percentage and 4.28 GAA in three games. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' coaching situation has been impacted by coronavirus. Here's how," 26 Mar. 2020 But for Spencer Richey's two good saves, the scoreline could have been more lopsided. Pat Brennan,, "What we learned from FC Cincinnati's 2-1 loss at Atlanta United," 8 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition But all the candidates save Sanders were in Selma on Thursday to mark the 55th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Joe Biden wins Alabama Democratic primary," 4 Mar. 2020 Rask’s career road save percentage of .936 in the postseason is the best since 1955-56, when shots on goal became an official NHL statistic. . Scott Thurston,, "Stanley Cup Today: Will the Bruins force Game 7 or do the Blues end 51 seasons of waiting?," 9 June 2019 In the hallway, shelves under the ceiling save space, and there are hooks on the wall for hanging skateboards. Ilya Khrennikov,, "Ikea’s Web App Brings Interior Design to Soviet-Era Apartments," 24 Mar. 2020 No part of the offense, save perhaps the running game in the second half, deserved praise following the Colts’ ugly 20-17 loss in Houston. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Where Colts, Jacoby Brissett went wrong vs. Texans," 24 Nov. 2019 Currently in his 11th NHL season with a career save percentage of .915 over 481 starts. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Where the hockey education of Avalanche rookie sensation Cale Makar began," 8 Dec. 2019 For 39 days, three players will have been locked into a game that has no pause button or reset button — no save points or checkpoints. Dalton Ross,, "Jamal Shipman reveals what we didn't see on Survivor: Island of the Idols," 20 Nov. 2019 Felipe Vazquez then earned his 28th save of the season by striking out Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski and getting Buster Posey on a grounder to second. Steve Kroner,, "September blues: Giants fall to Pirates," 12 Sep. 2019 The interior was empty save a few fixtures and a bedraggled Christmas tree. Los Angeles Times, "Changing L.A. retail scene: Active Ride Shop up for auction, Opening Ceremony to close stores," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of save


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for save


Middle English, from Anglo-French salver, from Late Latin salvare, from Latin salvus safe — more at safe


Middle English sauf, from Anglo-French sauve, from sauf, adjective, safe — more at safe

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18 May 2020

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“Save.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of save

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to keep (someone or something) safe : to stop (someone or something) from dying or being hurt, damaged, or lost
: to stop (something) from ending or failing : to make (something that is in danger of failing) successful
: to keep (something) from being lost or wasted



English Language Learners Definition of save (Entry 2 of 3)

: a play that stops an opponent from scoring a goal
baseball, of a relief pitcher : the act of keeping a team's lead when replacing another pitcher at the end of a game

English Language Learners Definition of save (Entry 3 of 3)

formal : other than : but or except


\ ˈsāv How to pronounce save (audio) \
saved; saving

Kids Definition of save

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to free or keep from danger or harm He saved a child from drowning.
2 : to keep from being ruined : preserve The group works to save the rain forests.
3 : to put aside for later use Save some milk for me.
4 : to keep money instead of spending it
5 : to keep from being spent, wasted, or lost I'm saving my energy.
6 : to make unnecessary Shortcuts save an hour's driving.

Kids Definition of save (Entry 2 of 2)

: except entry 1 sense 2 It rained every day save one.

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