\ 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 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 That, Bailey said, will save the office time, because the ballots have to be sent to Omaha for coding and corrections if need be, and money, because coding ballots is $2,500 per election. Amy Lavalley,, "Former candidates facing $1,000 fines for not filing campaign reports in Porter County," 15 Apr. 2021 The report argues China could save $1.6 trillion by replacing the majority of its coal fleet with clean energy alternatives, in a manner that is technologically feasible and supportive of Beijing’s economic development goals. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: China would half to cut coal carbon emissions in half by 2030 to fulfill pledge," 15 Apr. 2021 Indiana's wetlands save the state $1.8 billion in water storage, according to the Department of Natural Resources, and $202 million in water purification. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Amended bill puts more wetlands on the chopping block," 14 Apr. 2021 But this year, save yourself the stress and buy your card early—perhaps even online, where the charming options are endless. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "11 Cute Mother’s Day Cards For Any Maternal Figure in Your Life," 14 Apr. 2021 The vaccines save tens of thousands of lives globally every year. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Why would a Covid vaccine cause rare blood clots? Researchers have found clues," 13 Apr. 2021 That way the league could possibly save at least hundreds of millions of dollars. Mike Freeman, USA Today, "Football wives say NFL's race-norming 'most despicable,' but their power could change history," 13 Apr. 2021 And Zoom calls save valuable travel time and budget. Autumn Strier, Forbes, "Giving Without Borders: How To Expand Your Fundraising Footprint For Growth," 12 Apr. 2021 However, the same cannot be said for 2022 and beyond, with Jaylon Smith (Dallas can save money by cutting him in 2022) and Leighton Vander Esch’s (questions whether the team will exercise his fifth-year option) futures in Dallas murky at best. John Owning, Dallas News, "7-round Cowboys mock draft: With Patrick Surtain II off the board, Dallas finds another top-tier CB at No. 10," 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Facio scored the Volunteers’ only goal and Batrouni made a big save that pushed LEE to a 2-1 (4-3 PKs) against Austin Lake Travis on Friday to get LEE through. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, "Boerne, LEE are one step from state soccer finals," 12 Apr. 2021 Maryland goalie Jamie Lowell made a save on Rutgers’ sixth shooter and then Heitzmann stepped up and delivered a laser into the middle of the net to set off a wild celebration. Brent Kennedy,, "Clarksville’s Mike Heitzmann delivers deciding penalty kick for Maryland in Big Ten soccer quarterfinals | Howard Sports Notebook," 11 Apr. 2021 Huskies fans howled for another penalty when a Massachusetts player grabbed the puck out of the air and literally threw it out of the zone after Lindberg made a save on Zach Okabe. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "St. Cloud State's run ends with shutout loss in Frozen Four title game," 10 Apr. 2021 Greiss made a save on Jeremy Davies, the Wings gained possession of the puck, and Erne turned a shot on net into his third goal in four games. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings hang tough, but fall in first shootout of season, 3-2 to Predators," 7 Apr. 2021 After Sergei Bobrovsky made the save and Aaron Ekblad scored the game-winner in overtime, Klingberg fell on his sword, taking the blame for a 4-3 Stars loss. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "‘You can’t ask for better scoring chances’: Stars squander opportunities in OT loss to Panthers," 28 Mar. 2021 Gaudet broke through and fired a shot on UMass Lowell goalie Henry Welsch (21 saves), who made the initial save., "UMass men capture first ever Hockey East championship over in tightly-contested battle vs. UMass Lowell," 20 Mar. 2021 The Cavaliers had a chance to extend their lead a few minutes later with a penalty stroke, but Mavericks goalie Chloe Rama (six saves) made a nifty save on Zirkenbach’s chest-high shot. Pat Stoetzer,, "‘Fun’ family feud goes to South Carroll field hockey in win against Manchester Valley," 12 Mar. 2021 Bobrovsky made a sprawling save on McGinn, and Alex Wennberg surged in from behind and poke-checked the puck away from Necas. Rick Menning,, "Panthers again get three third-period goals, but still lose to Hurricanes in shootout," 27 Feb. 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, "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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“Save.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 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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