\ 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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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 Crews on Monday were still searching for the 4-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl after their father, Michael Wyman, drowned while trying to save them at Blind Beach in Sonoma County. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Father drowns while trying to save his 2 children swept out to sea, California authorities say," 5 Jan. 2021 In an attempt to save herself (and Catherine), Marial tells Peter about the coup. Rachel Paige,, "Is Catherine’s Handmaiden From The Great A Real Historical Figure?," 5 Jan. 2021 So when Al attacks and smothers her, there’s no magical plot device or deus ex machina to save her. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emerald Fennell Breaks Down That Promising Young Woman Ending," 28 Dec. 2020 The postcards seem to have served as travel diaries; Ed knew his mother would save them. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "The Archives of an Unfulfilled Genius," 27 Dec. 2020 Wally West goes nuts (again), and Barry Allen & Co. have to save him without their super-speed. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Captain Comics: DC Comics going back to the future," 26 Dec. 2020 If that happened, there would be no way to save him. David Benoit, WSJ, "JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon and His Brush With Death: ‘You Don’t Have Time for an Ambulance’," 24 Dec. 2020 Was publicly humiliating Lewinsky the best way to save her? Reginald Dwayne Betts Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 23 Dec. 2020 The child who was left to die from untreated appendicitis by a system that failed to save her. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Searching for humanity," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Perhaps LaFontaine’s best save came with 3:19 left and the Gophers clinging to a one-goal clean. News Services, Star Tribune, "Scott Reedy keeps scoring as Gophers hockey wins again," 4 Dec. 2020 Roberts’ managerial foibles stretch back to 2017, with a quick hook on Rich Hill in Game 2 of the World Series that stretched closer Kenley Jansen too thin, ultimately, for a two-inning save attempt that let the Houston Astros back into the series. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As Dodgers dig another playoff hole, ghosts of October past lurk again," 14 Oct. 2020 Cincinnati fired off six shots with Vazquez forcing the lone save by Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westberg. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Toronto FC sends FC Cincinnati to fourth consecutive defeat," 12 Oct. 2020 Latif Blessing then closed the scoring deep in second-half stoppage time, banging in the rebound of an Ochoa save on Diego Rossi at the end of a counterattack. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "LAFC upsets Club América for most important win in its short history," 19 Dec. 2020 After Schumacher came up a point-blank save on Oglesby, the Lions took the lead for good in the 37th minute. Joseph Halm,, "Boys soccer: Lusher uses set pieces to win battle of unbeatens over Ben Franklin," 12 Dec. 2020 Midway through the four-on-four, the Gophers Sammy Walker and Blake McLaughlin had a two-on-none breakaway, but Nappier made the first save on Walker and denied McLaughlin’s rebound attempt. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers men's hockey beats Ohio State 2-0 to sweep series, start season 4-0," 24 Nov. 2020 Petruzzelli had a strong 2019-20 season with Quinnipiac, recording a .920 save percentage and 2.01 goals-against average and starting all 34 games. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Three years in, Detroit Red Wings haven't gotten much from 2017 draft," 24 Nov. 2020 Freshman Cole Brady had a .939 save percentage Sunday, surpassing former ASU goalie Joey Daccord for most saves (44) in an NCAA starting debut. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "ASU hockey looks to rebound at Michigan State but Johnny Walker out," 19 Nov. 2020 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, "After a joyous summer, the approach of winter provides time to ponder and appreciate stillness," 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,, "Coronavirus: Last flight to China from SFO leaves Friday," 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, "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

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Save.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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