\ 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 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 SMUD’s program would save households about $20 a year. Mallory Moench,, "California solar debate: Sacramento utility pitches alternative to rooftop mandate," 12 Nov. 2019 Richard Jewell saved countless lives only to have his turned inside out. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "“A cautionary tale.” Authors to discuss new book about Richard Jewell," 12 Nov. 2019 An editor can save you from your worst instincts, at least some of the time. Ben Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "The Firing of Don Cherry, Hockey’s Self-Appointed Gatekeeper," 12 Nov. 2019 Dell Military members and vets can save 15 percent on select products at Dell with an exclusive coupon until November 12 at 7 a.m. ET. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Home, Tech, and Gear Deals for Veterans," 11 Nov. 2019 As a result, a historically low interest rate was secured in this year’s bond sale, saving the county $5 million in the process. Mary Grace Keller,, "Carroll County seizes ‘rare opportunity,’ saves $5M through bond sale after earning top credit rating," 11 Nov. 2019 By sparing manufacturers the necessity of awaiting word from the FAA, proponents of the change argued, the aviation industry could save $25 billion in the next decade. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "“I Will Never Let Boeing Forget Her”," 11 Nov. 2019 The design saved Missouri officials $13 million on what would’ve been a conventional interchange without the diamond-shape structure. John Sharp |, al, "Alabama’s first diverging diamond interchange slated for spring 2020 completion," 9 Nov. 2019 There is evidence workers save more when automatically enrolled into retirement accounts with savings rates around 4% to 8%, but once over 10%, employees start to opt out. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Will a wealth tax change the behavior of the very rich?," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bernier made 17 saves on Sunday and might start when the Wings begin a three-game West Coast swing in Anaheim on Tuesday, though Blashill wouldn't tip his hand. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' defenseman improvises for rare goal in second straight win," 11 Nov. 2019 Nick Jones assisted on both goals, and Igor Shesterkin made 29 saves to improve his record on the season to 7-1-1. Staff Report,, "Wolf Pack hold off Bruins in Providence," 10 Nov. 2019 Sophomore goaltender Kristian Stead stopped 33 shots for the Seawolves, and Huntsville goalie Mark Sinclair made 28 saves. Anchorage Daily News, "Seawolves skate to draw with Huntsville but win the shootout," 9 Nov. 2019 In all, Spina, who recorded nine shutouts on the season, made eight saves. Mark Perlman,, "Notre Dame’s ‘real special season’ ends with loss to Crystal Lake South in 2A supersectional," 6 Nov. 2019 Both sides went in search of a late winner and both goalkeepers made fantastic saves to keep the scores level; Andre Onana's stop from Michy Batshuayi was particularly brilliant. Matias Grez, CNN, "Chelsea and Ajax serve up eight-goal Champions League thriller," 5 Nov. 2019 Leno made seven saves as Wolves peppered the Gunners' goal, and was quite possibly the difference between a draw and defeat for Unai Emery., "90min's Premier League Team of the Week - Matchday 11," 4 Nov. 2019 Elisabeth Rockhill scored for the Mount while goalkeeper Maggie Barron made a season-high 17 saves. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Mount Airy native Daniel Romanchuk wins second straight New York City Marathon men’s wheelchair title," 3 Nov. 2019 Greenwood goalkeeper Elizabeth Demarse made four saves. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Greenwood tops Highlands to win first-ever girls soccer state championship," 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Knights junior goalie Ethan Ricketts made a slide save under pressure from La Plata senior forward Cole Trani with 21:32 left to play in the first half. Megan Woodward,, "Boys Soccer: Grasso’s early goal lifts Century past La Plata for 2A state championship," 14 Nov. 2019 Five relievers recorded the final 10 outs with Cashner getting his first career save as the Sox beat the Indians, 7-6, in 10 innings. Peter Abraham,, "Jackie Bradley Jr. rescues Red Sox on historic night for Rafael Devers, Chris Sale," 14 Aug. 2019 Maeda, shifted to the bullpen at the beginning of the month, secured the final two outs for second save this season and the fifth of his career, one made possible by Gyorko’s timely emergence. Los Angeles Times, "Kenta Maeda notches save, Kenley Jansen pitches a flawless eighth in Dodgers’ win," 15 Sep. 2019 Science + Tech = MACH Live BETTER Can your diet save the planet? Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Oklahoma's opioid ruling, Chinese defiance and Epstein's accusers day in court: The Morning Rundown," 27 Aug. 2019 Jake Diekman, Soria and Liam Hendriks finished up Sunday, with Hendriks earning his 12th save since June 21, the most in the majors in that span, to complete Oakland’s eighth shutout. Susan Slusser,, "Olson’s HR supports Chris Bassitt’s terrific outing in A’s win," 11 Aug. 2019 Will Smith is 23-for-23 in save opportunities this season and could make Oakland’s somewhat shaky bullpen into a potential juggernaut should injured pieces return to form. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Will the surging A’s be buyers? If so, here are their likely trade partners," 12 July 2019 But when goalkeeper Adam Griwis dove to make his second penalty save of the night, the response from the Wall was an instant cacophony. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City fans show commitment with rumble around concourse during Open Cup win," 12 July 2019 Aside from the wonder of exploring such a huge game space—eight cities, eight towns/castles, eight dungeons, and seven Shrines—Ultima IV offered a young gamer something modern games don't: unencrypted save files. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Ars goes back to school: The video games that threatened our college GPA," 8 Sep. 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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17 Nov 2019

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“Save.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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