\ 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 Hopefully, this research and the dolphin’s latest return will spur more people into action to save them. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Adorable Pink Dolphins Are Returning to Hong Kong Due to Lower Ferry Traffic," 16 Sep. 2020 Drive Shack also has a deal in place to pay $260,000 a year in lieu of property taxes for its first 12 years of operation, which is expected to save it millions of dollars. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer,, "Why construction on the high-profile Drive Shack project in New Orleans has stalled," 15 Sep. 2020 The chain said the cuts will save it about $65 million a year. Anne Riley Moffat,, "Kohl’s Will Eliminate 15% of Its Corporate Staff to Curb Costs," 15 Sep. 2020 The most effective way for most people to save for retirement is through their workplace investment plan. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Coronavirus-related unemployment is putting people’s retirement at risk," 31 Aug. 2020 Outlet stores can be a great way to save on some of your favorite brands. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "There's a sale at the Vera Bradley Outlet and you won't believe the price drops," 29 Aug. 2020 When a visitor from the future arrives to warn them that the world is about to end, Bill & Ted have exactly 78 minutes to compose the melody that could save humanity. Anne Cohen,, "Bill & Ted Is About Finding Your Voice. Keanu Reeves’ On-Screen Daughter Brigette Lundy-Paine Took That Quite Literally.," 28 Aug. 2020 Doctors in Italy had recommended ventilation as the best way to save patients with coronavirus who had acute difficulty breathing. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Once precious resources in coronavirus fight, ventilators no longer doctors' first choice," 26 Aug. 2020 But, for companies, embracing remote work can be a way to save money and simultaneously deepen their talent pool. Matt Egan, CNN, "The office, as you know it, is dead," 25 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Five acts will move on to the finals, and viewers help their favorites advance by participating in the save. Washington Post, "What to watch on Wednesday: ‘The Devil All The Time’ on Netflix," 16 Sep. 2020 The Brewers had runners on first and second with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, but Tyler Webb induced a double-play grounder from Luis Urias and struck out Jace Peterson to earn his first save. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "Cards, Brewers split pair as both games go extra innings," 15 Sep. 2020 Tony Watson, the eighth Giants pitcher, recorded a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save since 2017. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Diamondbacks lose to Giants in Madison Bumgarner's return," 5 Sep. 2020 With the game lasting only seven innings per 2020′s doubleheader rule, César Valdez followed López’s five innings with two scoreless frames to earn his first major league save. Nathan Ruiz,, "Orioles end 19-game losing streak against Yankees as Ryan Mountcastle paces 6-3 victory," 5 Sep. 2020 Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his second save. Jake Seiner,, "Mets’ Smith follows plea with HR; Rosario gets road walkoff in sweep of Yankees," 28 Aug. 2020 Emilio Pagán, the Padres’ sixth pitcher, worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save in six chances. Bernie Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Fernando Tatís Jr., Manny Machado lift Padres over Astros," 23 Aug. 2020 Nick Anderson relieved and retired Judge on the long fly for his second save. Mark Didtler,, "Austin Meadows lifts Rays to split with Yankees in 7-inning doubleheader," 8 Aug. 2020 Elieser Hernandez allowed two hits over 4 1/3 innings and Brandon Kintzler worked the seventh for his second save. David Ginsburg,, "Brian Anderson’s homer lifts Marlins past Orioles in Game 1 of doubleheader," 5 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition 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 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

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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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19 Sep 2020

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“Save.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 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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