\ 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 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


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 move bypasses the court's involvement in suspending child support, saving time for judges and administrative staff, said Jim Fleming, director of North Dakota’s Child Support Program. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Some Michigan prisoners rack up tens of thousands in debt. It's avoidable.," 5 Sep. 2019 The townspeople have requested that the United States destroy the weapons and save their lives. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention," 4 Sep. 2019 Read more: After a year of controversy and turmoil, can Shaq help save Papa John's? Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "John Schnatter's $1 million gift to Simmons College raises differing opinions," 4 Sep. 2019 Junior Logan Richard scored three goals for Estancia, which got one goal from senior Matthew Kehoe and 11 saves from junior goalkeeper Griffin Beth. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Marina boys’ water polo too strong for Estancia," 4 Sep. 2019 Maybe in the new normal, American ingenuity is unleashed in a man-to-the-moon campaign to save the world from climate disaster. Leonard Pitts Jr - Miami Herald, The Mercury News, "Pitts: Democrats prioritizing returning us to ‘normal’ beyond naive," 3 Sep. 2019 And there’s a lot of tech bros who are trying to save the world in less than ethical ways, and so [The OA] is just nonfiction to me. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Netflix Cancelling The OA Is a Tragedy," 31 Aug. 2019 When disaster strikes, protecting lives is a top priority, and hospital staffers are surely some of the bravest people working to save lives. Daniel B. Hess, Quartz, "How Florida hospitals are getting ready for Hurricane Dorian," 30 Aug. 2019 Vincent has been in jail since Aug. 19, but not for any charges from the Aug. 11 waterfront incident in which a young woman, Paneez Kosarian, said Vincent talked about saving the world from robots before attacking her. Dominic Fracassa,, "Judge rules to keep suspect in Embarcadero attack behind bars," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Clark has made 58 saves, posted an 11-4-2 record and earned five shutouts in 17 starts for the Timbers this year. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark continuing to excel in the net," 4 Sep. 2019 Iglesias blew a save in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, taking his 11th loss of the season. John Fay,, "Reds manager David Bell hopes save is sign that things are turning around for Raisel Iglesias," 1 Sep. 2019 Understanding the position and the angles helps make the job easier, and when the time comes to make the big save, his anticipation and aggressiveness takes over. Glenn Graham,, "2019 Baltimore-area boys soccer players to watch," 28 Aug. 2019 Dotel pitched from 1999-2013, racking up at least 16 saves on three occasions, including a 36-save season for Houston and Oakland in 2004. Fox News, "Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo -- ex-MLB stars -- linked to Dominican Republic drug trafficking ring: reports," 20 Aug. 2019 In her first game back with the team since the World Cup, Ashlyn Harris was only forced to make two saves, both of which were soft snags for the keeper. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride earns 1-0 win over Sky Blue with USWNT stars on pitch," 21 July 2019 And while the Bats are near the bottom of the league in saves, closer Anthony Bass is responsible for half of them, topping all pitchers with nine this year. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Bats looking to fix pitching woes to match their potent offense," 8 July 2019 For the second time in as many nights, Holland blew a save to the Dodgers. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Lovullo hesitant to defend Holland after another walk-off loss to Dodgers," 3 July 2019 The win came one night after closer Diego Castillo allowed four runs in the ninth and blew a save for the first time this season., "Rays triumph 5-3 at Oakland to end 4-game losing streak," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Nor did former Miami Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s advocacy for a carbon tax save him in a competitive swing district. Michael Wilner,, "Trump makes environment pitch to Florida voters without saying ‘climate change’," 10 July 2019 Naeher’s diving save of England captain Steph Houghton’s penalty kick in the 84th minute... Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "U.S. Goalkeeper Rejects a Penalty Kick—and Questions About Her Skill," 3 July 2019 Here are three thoughts on a game that meant little and will be remembered for nothing save Altidore’s goal: There are no medals for winning a group. Brian Straus,, "With Reasonable Rotation, USA Wins Gold Cup Group, Has Favorable Path," 26 June 2019 The typically dominant Smith collapsed for the second time in three save chances, allowing a solo home run to shortstop Trevor Story and a game-tying two run blast to Rockies center fielder Ian Desmond. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Surging Giants hop the Padres, tie the Rockies in NL West on Dickerson’s career night," 16 July 2019 His shot tailed wide and Smith made a diving save that deflected off the post. Jarrid Denney For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland Timbers play a man down, escape with 2-2 draw with Colorado Rapids on ‘weird night’ in Portland," 14 July 2019 Alex Colome worked the 10th for his 16th save, breaking the Sox record for consecutive save chances converted to start a season. Stephen Hawkins,, "Zack Collins goes long, Yolmer Sanchez goes short to lead the White Sox past the Rangers 5-4 in 10 innings," 21 June 2019 Both would benefit from Rask delivering a signature save of the Bruins season. Globe Staff,, "Tuukka Rask has a chance to write a happy ending," 8 June 2019 Red Sox blew another save Wednesday and lost to the White Sox, 8-7, despite Chicago making every effort to give the game to Boston. Dan Shaughnessy,, "After a tough loss, Red Sox have a long road ahead," 26 June 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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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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