\ 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

Other Words from save


savable or saveable \ ˈsā-​və-​bəl How to pronounce save (audio) \ adjective
saver noun

Choose the Right Synonym for save


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Analysts at the Institute for the Study of War warned that Moscow could be inflating the numbers in an attempt to save face after conducting a lengthy siege of the plant. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 Originally from Waterford, Ontario, Chuli turned pro in 2017, and this year, her second with the Toronto Six, went a blistering 16-1-0 with a 1.82 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 21 May 2022 Their defense had been outstanding, led by Mike Vernon’s 1.08 goals-against average and .958 save percentage in those periods. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 21 May 2022 When a new threat from the Upside Down emerges however, the Hawkins gang and the Byers family end up on colliding paths to save the world. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 20 May 2022 The central bank has said that inflation, economic uncertainty and worsening consumer-credit terms are leading consumers to save more and reduce spending. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 20 May 2022 If paper goods are a must, Paper Culture makes invitations, save the dates, and reception cards using 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Leanne Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 May 2022 Rescue teams were able to save the deputies from the van's roof. Raja Razek, CNN, 20 May 2022 However, after a cast member from the original series mysteriously disappears, the dynamic pair reunite and save their friend. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ben Rabatin gave Normandy six innings on the mound and production at the plate, while Dylan Skidmore picked up the save to deny the Eagles in the seventh inning. Matt Goul, cleveland, 20 May 2022 Jack Smith pitched the final three innings to get the save. Ben Thomas |, al, 20 May 2022 Díaz, a 25-year-old right-hander, got the strikeout and the save. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 18 May 2022 Daniel Hudson got the save on a day closer Craig Kimbrel was down for rest — wrapping up a four-game series played over the course of less than 48 hours. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Adam picked up the first save of his career May 13 against the Blue Jays. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Pens goalie Louis Domingue made the initial save, but the rebound trickled out for an easy finish for Kreider. Vincent Z. Mercogliano, USA TODAY, 14 May 2022 The Reign had a quality look in the 66th minute on the dropping header by Bethany Balcer, but Bella Bixby leapt up to punch it away for the save. oregonlive, 13 May 2022 Husso made the initial save, steering the rebound to the corner, but Kaprizov banked the rebound off Husso’s skate from behind the net to give the Wild a 2-0 lead. Joe Harris, ajc, 7 May 2022 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, 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,, 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, 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,, 9 June 2019 In the hallway, shelves under the ceiling save space, and there are hooks on the wall for hanging skateboards. Ilya Khrennikov,, 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, 24 Nov. 2019 Currently in his 11th NHL season with a career save percentage of .915 over 481 starts. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, 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,, 20 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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\ 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.
7 : to store (data) in a computer or on a storage device so that it can be used later



Kids Definition of save (Entry 2 of 2)

: except entry 1 sense 2 had no fears save one

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