\ 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

That should have been the end of the story, save for my momentary guilt knowing that healthy young people’s premiums were paying to replace my decaying baby-boomer parts. Steve Cohen, WSJ, "You Can’t Put a Price on a Hip Replacement, and That’s a Problem," 13 July 2018 Having read the script more than 18 months ago, Jablonsky says that the adaptation from page to screen is virtually identical, save for a minor change to extend the ending. Byron Burton, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Skyscraper' Composer Didn't Want a Marvel-Style Score," 12 July 2018 His four great seasons all came with Luck at the helm, save for half of 2015, which was his worst year of the four. Michael Beller,, "High-Risk, High-Reward Players for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season," 10 July 2018 The square, white concrete restaurant is small and unassuming, save for the aroma of fried chicken emanating from the front door as patrons file in and out, styrofoam containers securely in hand. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's National Fried Chicken Day! See our top staff picks in Louisville," 6 July 2018 Therefore, the hardy spacecraft could be a much cheaper way to fulfill the Russian deep space ambitions and save face for Roscosmos. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's Soyuz Spacecraft Could Find New Life as a Lunar Taxi," 6 July 2018 Detroit stands naked, save for three NC-17-proof leather hands placed protectively. Allison P. Davis, GQ, "The Bizarre Brilliance of Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in Sorry to Bother You," 3 July 2018 But he's generally tried to keep those views off of his business page, save for some Scripture on his business card. Sarah Frier, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook’s algorithm blocks ads for Bush’s beans, singers named Clinton," 3 July 2018 So, while some of us save up for years for that dream vacation to Hawaii or Europe, some of our local athletes take multiple trips like that every offseason. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Favorite vacation spots for Houston's pro athletes," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The 24-year-old backstopped last year’s title campaign, and this year produced some outstanding saves in the Champions League. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Union face three road games in nine days: Toronto FC, Columbus Crew and Montreal Impact," 4 May 2018 Luongo, who played his 999th career game, made numerous big saves one day before his 39th birthday. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "Panthers survive late scare, beat Nashville to keep playoff hopes alive | Miami Herald," 3 Apr. 2018 Watch the video of Giles coming off the mound below: The righhander has a 4.99 ERA with 12 saves and 21 strikeouts this season. Charlotte Carroll,, "Astros Option Ken Giles To Triple A After Ninth-Inning Meltdown Against Athletics," 11 July 2018 Hader, 24, has five saves of at least two innings and became the first pitcher in modern history to record as many as eight strikeouts in fewer than three innings on April 30 in Cincinnati. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich and Josh Hader are in the All-Star Game and Jesus Aguilar could join them," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

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 Treinen, who turned 30 last week, converted his 19th consecutive save opportunity Wednesday and has yielded one run in his last 22 1/3 innings. John Shea,, "A’s closer Blake Treinen sinks opposition while team soars," 5 July 2018 Kelvin Herrera threw a perfect ninth inning to secure his 13th save of the season and the Royals' seventh win in 11 games. Maria Torres, kansascity, "'I don't know how it happened': Soler's late homer lifts Royals to a win over the A's," 2 June 2018 On Monday night, Servais moved another increment closer to defeat when Edwin Diaz notched his league-leading 28th save of the season. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Even with a nine-day break between saves, Edwin Diaz is still on pace for more than 50 saves and new haircut for Mariners manager Scott Servais," 26 June 2018 That was easily Poland’s best opportunity of the game, and Ospina’s first save of the night. Joel Petterson, New York Times, "Colombia Keeps World Cup Hopes Alive While Dashing Poland’s," 25 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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save a life



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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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