\ 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 Cruz-Diez's personal archives stretch back to early commercial work and comic strips, and even to childhood drawings saved by his mother. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Free Color': Film Review| Palm Springs 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 Since then, the uninsured rate had been cut nearly in half and nearly 1 in 9 Montanans had access to health care through expansion coverage, saving the state approximately $30 million a year. NBC News, "Kansas governor, top Republican reach deal to expand Medicaid," 9 Jan. 2020 The closing of the San Antonio office is part of the reorganization plan to save an extra $150 million per year. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Apache closing San Antonio office, cutting nearly 300 jobs," 9 Jan. 2020 Love saved the Cavs from Andrew Wiggins and contributed big-time in their only championship win ever. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Kevin Love trade rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers speculation continues to include Phoenix Suns," 9 Jan. 2020 Farneti also wrote that the money saved by not producing photoshoots will be donated to the restoration of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, Italy. Time, "The New Issue of Italian 'Vogue' Has Replaced Glossy Fashion Shoots With Illustrations, In Move Towards Sustainability," 7 Jan. 2020 This will save the government 855bn reais ($210bn) over ten years and lessen the danger that public debt will reach crippling levels. The Economist, "Jair Bolsonaro’s contentious first year in office," 4 Jan. 2020 Hall previously said the state saved about $40 million since criminal justice legislation passed in 2014 and the incarceration rate went down somewhat. Luke Ramseth, USA TODAY, "'Gangs are at war': Fifth Mississippi prison death reported as violence continues," 3 Jan. 2020 The additional police are only expected to save $200 million in fare evasion, according to Gothamist. Ragini Srikrishna, Teen Vogue, "New York City MTA's Crackdown on Fare Evasion Is War on the Poor," 25 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Khudobin now owns a .933 save percentage and 2.12 goals against average. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars notebook: Esa Lindell extends point streak; Anton Khudobin wins fifth straight start," 9 Jan. 2020 The 2017-18 Vezina winner is on track for the worst save percentage (.896) and goals-against average (2.98) of his stellar career. Matt Porter,, "Observations from the Bruins’ win in Nashville," 7 Jan. 2020 Entering play Saturday, Raanta had an 8-8-2 record to go along with a 2.76 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes cruise to win over Philadelphia Flyers to close out homestand," 4 Jan. 2020 Stats: 8-11-2 with a .905 save percentage and 3.05 goals-against average. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings midseason grades: Players are frustrated but hopeful," 2 Jan. 2020 Girls Soccer Erin Baker, Carmel Baker had 59 saves for the Greyhounds and allowed just five goals on the season. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Here are the 2020 IndyStar Sports Awards fall nominees," 4 Dec. 2019 Crawford had another outstanding game, stopping 32 shots to improve to 4-1-1 with a .948 save percentage in his last six starts. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Blackhawks snap a 3-game skid with a 3-0 win over the Stars as Corey Crawford notches his 26th career shutout," 26 Nov. 2019 Santa Ana 1, Orange Coast 0: Goalkeeper Pablo Ramirez made eight saves for the Pirates, but the visiting Saints scored in the 48th minute of Tuesday’s Orange Empire Conference match. Daily Pilot, "College Roundup: UC Irvine men’s golf moves up at Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational," 22 Oct. 2019 Hutton is 5-2-1 against San Jose with a .945 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average. ... San Diego Union-Tribune, "Girgensons’ late goal lifts Sabres over Sharks 4-3," 19 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The 2015-16 Vezina winner has struggled the past two seasons, posting an aggregate save percentage of .909 over 112 starts with one relief appearance. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals odds, picks and betting tips," 8 Oct. 2019 Will a $1,000 entrance fee to a national park save the Komodo dragon? Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Trending in Travel: Saving Dragons, Helicopter Rides, $294 Flights To Cuba, And More!," 7 Oct. 2019 Oakland finished the game with closer Liam Hendriks, who recorded his 23rd save of the season. C.j. Peterson, The Mercury News, "A’s scratch out two runs in seventh to beat the Kansas City Royals," 17 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, over on the south side of Chicago, Taylor earned his 21st save of the season for Minnesota with a scoreless inning about 30 minutes prior to his twin’s debut. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Chatfield alums Tyler Rogers and Taylor Rogers become tenth set of twins to play in the majors," 28 Aug. 2019 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

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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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13 Jan 2020

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“Save.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 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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