\ˈsāv \
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 \ adjective
saver noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for save

Synonyms: Verb

economize, pinch, scrimp, skimp, spare

Synonyms: Preposition

apart from, aside from, bar, barring, beside, besides, but, except (also excepting), except for, excluding, exclusive of, other than, outside, outside of, saving

Antonyms: Verb


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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


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.


The goalie made a spectacular save. He leads the league in saves.


We had no hope save one. everyone save me is going to the party


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

The @OU_Baseball commit turned in this game-saving play in today's @USABaseball #TOS18 game. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "HR Derby, all-star game at Wrigley Field next up for local star, potential No. 1 draft pick," 13 July 2018 But there were many weight-saving tricks applied, such as using advanced high strength steel in more than half of the structure with aluminum for the hood, tailgate, brake calipers and many suspension pieces. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 Undaunted by losing his lead and being forced to an extra set, Djokovic saved break points at 4-all and 7-all in the fifth, before breaking Nadal at love to end things. Howard Fendrich,, "Novak Djokovic tops Rafael Nadal in 5 sets to reach 5th Wimbledon final," 14 July 2018 Deputies saved a 35-year-old man from jumping off the Hoan Bridge on Thursday, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said Friday. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deputies save man from jumping off Hoan Bridge," 13 July 2018 The Astros saved the ball for Perez on his first out and his first strikeout. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Look how happy Astros rookie Cionel Perez was to make his big league debut," 12 July 2018 Center fielder Andrew Kim saved a run by throwing out a runner at home plate to end the fourth. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Touchdown fever: Peyton Jennings’ strong effort not enough as Libertyville loses to Prairie Ridge," 11 July 2018 By focusing on the crisis of health care delivery — rather than on who pays for what — the U.S. can save more lives, and perhaps even make money while doing so. Vijay Govindarajan, STAT, "What India can teach the U.S. about driving down the cost of health care," 10 July 2018 Courtois also saved well from a curling Philippe Coutinho strike. James Taylor, Pro Soccer USA, "Brazil 1-2 Belgium: Red Devils Shatter Brazil’s Dreams With Clinical Display to Set Up France Clash," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Closer Zach Britto then struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his third save. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018 Right-hander Andres Munoz (0.00) allowed a hit but recorded the final out to record his second save. Jeff Sanders,, "Logan Allen, Chris Paddack strong but Missions split double header," 14 July 2018 Barraclough flirted with trouble in the ninth, allowing two, two-out singles, but ultimately earned his ninth save of the season. Mike Persak,, "Marlins shut out Phillies, 2-0, even weekend series with division leaders," 14 July 2018 Pierpont, 27, the Yard Goats’ closer, leads the EL with 21 saves, and has blown only one save chance all season. Dom Amore,, "Brendan Rodgers Headlines 6 Yard Goats' All-Stars," 29 June 2018 But stars Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne couldn't find their way through the formidable French defense and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who made three crucial saves in the match. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "France edges Belgium to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2018 When France’s defense was breached, the agile Lloris was on hand to make decisive saves — just like against Uruguay. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Superb defense takes France close to another World Cup title," 10 July 2018 Others made more saves, but holding the Iberian powers to a goal apiece sets him apart. Steve Douglas,, "AP salutes stars of World Cup group stage, minus Messi," 29 June 2018 Players were diving, making incredible saves, keeping rallies alive, finishing with a flourish. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Desert Vista captures 6A boys volleyball title for Alex DePriest," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Doolittle converted 21 of 22 save chances with the Nats and Madson was excellent as a setup man (1.37 ERA, 0.81 WHIP). Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Nationals have a wealth of elite fantasy options," 15 Feb. 2018 Edwin Diaz made the one-run lead hold up with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 21st save of the season. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "You can’t stop these guys: Red-hot Mariners rally to sweep Rays, now 15 games over .500," 4 June 2018 Saturday marked Andersen’s second 40-plus save performance of the series, the other coming in the Leaf’s 4-2 win in Game 3. Tyler Horka,, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Toronto Stops Late Surge From Boston to Force Game 6," 21 Apr. 2018 The righty has a 1.38 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 26 innings and has received four of the Astros’ last five save chances, converting them all. Jon Tayler,, "The Houston Astros Are Only Getting Better," 19 June 2018 Greene has converted 19 of 22 save chances this season. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Trade deadline countdown has fantasy owners looking for this year's J.D. Martinez," 27 June 2018 The 82-year-old has been helping to improve Belle Isle, save Eastern Market, ease racial tensions by giving young people something to do with Metro Detroit Youth Day. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "This Detroiter's path leads directly to a Belle Isle honor," 6 July 2018 For years, the semiconductor world seemed to have settled into a quiet balance: Intel vanquished virtually all of the RISC processors in the server world, save IBM’s POWER line. Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race," 9 July 2018 But Haniger picked up the ball and fired a perfect throw home to catcher Mike Zunino, beating Field by five steps to end the game and give Diaz his 23rd save of the season. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "One-run wonders: Mariners eke out another as Haniger nails final out at the plate," 10 June 2018

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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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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)

: other than : but or except


\ˈsāv \
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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obstinately defiant of authority

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