\ 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 that of 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 clause no one knows about it save she

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Other Words from save


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


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.


The goalie made a spectacular save. He leads the league in saves.


We had no hope save one. everyone save me is going to the party


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

At Nizamuddin dargah, the trust has saved the baoli. The Economist, "India’s magnificent stepwells are relics of a nuanced history," 13 July 2019 More: How Michigan rallied to save Franz Wagner's recruitment, after John Beilein left The Wolverines will also host Creighton as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Nov. 12 in Ann Arbor. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball announces 2019-20 non-league schedule," 10 July 2019 Materials from the marquee and tower were saved and reconstructed on the original site. Kelly Kazek |,, "How an Alabama town preserved its historic theater marquee," 10 July 2019 The next day, first responders from the station saved the life of a three-year-old who was reported drowning in a hotel swimming pool. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Men use CPR to save cardiac arrest victim," 10 July 2019 Add 1 cup of the sofrito (save the extra to use in pasta or other rice dishes) and the stock and bring to a boil over high heat. Tara Duggan,, "Recipe: How to make Bellota’s ‘San Francisco Treat’ Paella," 10 July 2019 On Monday, July 15, members can save up to 30% off on Amazon exclusive electronics and accessories. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "You Can Take Advantage of These Amazon Prime Day Deals Right Now," 10 July 2019 Humans could save energy, letting dogs track the prey before humans went in for the kill with spears or arrows. Faye Flam,, "In defense of the not-so-cute animals," 10 July 2019 Better save up those coins for an HBO Max subscription, people. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Friends Is Officially Leaving Netflix, and People Are Devastated," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anderson was also 7-2 on the mound with an 0.69 ERA, including two saves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Championship caps senior’s send-off," 11 July 2019 The result is a chilling real-life criminal thriller set in a save-the-seas world. Kenneth Turan,, "Review: Eco-crisis documentary ‘Sea of Shadows’ lives up to its sinister title," 10 July 2019 Oh, 36, has 399 career saves between the KBO, NPB and MLB. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies podcast: Can Seunghwan Oh return from injury to be the Final Boss again? Or is the right-hander out of gas?," 10 July 2019 In the game’s final seconds, Hingham’s George Egan (eight saves) made a clutch stop, but Lazzaro (three goals) was able to pick the ball out of a scrum and score the winner. Nate Weitzer,, "The high school lacrosse all-star game came right down to the buzzer," 9 July 2019 The Bats have the second worst ERA in the league (5.42), have allowed the third most hits this season (842) and are in the bottom three of the league in saves (18). Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Bats looking to fix pitching woes to match their potent offense," 8 July 2019 But the standout save of the tournament was made by Chile's Christiane Endler in her country's opening game against Sweden, scooping the ball away from danger after being left un-sighted., "Women's World Cup: 90min Awards - Best Goal, Best Save, Breakout Star, Best Kit & More," 8 July 2019 Alex Morgan fires a low shot toward the corner of the net, but Sari van Veenendaal makes another strong save. Jamie Goldberg,, "USA beats Netherlands 2-0 to win 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup title: Highlights, live updates recap," 7 July 2019 Richey snared two saves on the night and gathered a couple of dangerous crosses to help quell the danger late on. Pat Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati hangs on for 3-2 win against Houston Dynamo," 6 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Both would benefit from Rask delivering a signature save of the Bruins season. Globe Staff,, "Tuukka Rask has a chance to write a happy ending," 8 June 2019 Red Sox blew another save Wednesday and lost to the White Sox, 8-7, despite Chicago making every effort to give the game to Boston. Dan Shaughnessy,, "After a tough loss, Red Sox have a long road ahead," 26 June 2019 Alex Colomé worked the 10th for his 16th save and broke the White Sox record for consecutive save chances converted to start a season. Stephen Hawkins,, "American Heritage and UM grad Zack Collins hits long HR for White Sox in first official MLB at-bat," 22 June 2019 Smith is 19-for-19 in save opportunities this year, but of all the Giants on the roster, no one is more likely to be pitching for a contender come August and September than Smith. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Why the San Francisco Giants are likely to get worse before they get better," 19 June 2019 Kenley Jansen nearly blew his second consecutive save opportunity Sunday, and already has blown three chances. Mark Gonzales,, "5 takeaways from Cubs-Dodgers series, including LA's dominance and struggles at second base," 17 June 2019 Ten minutes later, Woodland became the fifth, thanks to a par save courtesy of a chip off the 17th green that nearly went in, then a 30-foot birdie on 18 for the final dagger. Eddie Pells, The Denver Post, "Brooks Koepka makes U.S. Open history, but no 3 in a row," 17 June 2019 Or: a terrible mishap, and our tests to match for transfusions save another life. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: There’s always something new to find in this ordinary old farmhouse," 16 June 2019 Facing the middle of the Phillies lineup in the bottom of the ninth inning, Reds closer Raisel Iglesias earned his 13th save of the season. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds avoid being swept by Philadelphia Phillies with hits from Votto, Suárez," 9 June 2019

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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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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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