\ 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

Other Words from save


savable or saveable \ ˈsā-​və-​bəl How to pronounce save (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 Ultimately, the one thing that can probably save the Democrats in November is if Biden's approval rating improves. Harry Enten, CNN, 21 Jan. 2022 Buy early and save with promo code: TRIAL (all caps) to receive $5 off each adult or senior ticket purchased by Jan. 28. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Each pint donated can save up to three lives, according to the Red Cross, serving cancer patients, trauma victims and those with chronic illnesses who require regular transfusions. Meredith Cohn,, 21 Jan. 2022 The volunteers help with filing and can give advice on ways to save money. Susan Dunne,, 21 Jan. 2022 Character development loses out as a result of the ambitious storytelling; save for Liv, the other women feel unintentionally mysterious. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2022 He was often asked to help save the middle of the field in coverage with so many backup safeties playing. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Jan. 2022 The novel’s most memorable set pieces—one takes place at a high-stakes gambling hall, another describes the freak occurrences that save Marco from an airplane crash—evoke the designs of an unknown cosmic order. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 Ho ordered and dealt firmly but calmly with the thrifty counter worker, who wanted to save a few cents by wedging our three orders into a single container. Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brett Gardner followed by singling home a run before Kittredge fanned Sánchez and Odor to end the game and get his eighth save. Larry Fleisher, ajc, 2 Oct. 2021 Brett Gardner followed by singling home a run before Kittredge fanned Sánchez and Odor for his eighth save., 1 Oct. 2021 Fulmer pitched a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 25 Aug. 2021 Tyler Duffey pitched a perfect eighth and Taylor Rogers secured his eighth save in 10 chances. Brian Hall, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 Givens pitched a scoreless eighth and Daniel Bard got his eighth save in 11 opportunities despite a hit by pitch, a single and walk., 9 June 2021 Vannelle worked around an infield single and a bloop single in the ninth to secure his eighth save of the season. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, 8 June 2021 Four Huskies pitchers combined to win Game 2, with Caleb Wurster covering the last 3 2/3 innings to get his eighth save, allowing three runs in the ninth. Dom Amore,, 30 May 2021 Will Smith pitched the ninth to seal Atlanta's fourth straight win and earn his eighth save. Jimmy Golen, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Particularly this year, with COVID-19, there are no gatherings to attend save a bonfire or a socially distant hike now and then. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2020 As of Sunday, all other airlines have already ended their flights to mainland China from SFO, which normally has more departures to China than any other U.S. airport save Los Angeles International. Mallory Moench,, 12 Feb. 2020 But all the candidates save Sanders were in Selma on Thursday to mark the 55th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 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,, 9 June 2019 In the hallway, shelves under the ceiling save space, and there are hooks on the wall for hanging skateboards. Ilya Khrennikov,, 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, 24 Nov. 2019 Currently in his 11th NHL season with a career save percentage of .915 over 481 starts. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, 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,, 20 Nov. 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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“Save.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of save

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: 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 4)

: a play that stops an opponent from scoring a goal
: 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 4)

: other than : but or except



English Language Learners Definition of save (Entry 4 of 4)

: 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.
7 : to store (data) in a computer or on a storage device so that it can be used later



Kids Definition of save (Entry 2 of 2)

: except entry 1 sense 2 had no fears save one

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