\ 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

His 37 saves last season were the most by a left-handed pitcher in Pirates history. Ray Sanchez, Mirna Alsharif And David Close, CNN, "Pittsburgh Pirates' closer Felipe Vázquez accused of soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct," 17 Sep. 2019 The relocation will save money, and allow for more flexibility as Belfort keeps going., "Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building," 17 Sep. 2019 Justin Simmons likely saved a touchdown with his diving rake of the ball away from Tarik Cohen on the Bears’ opening possession of the game. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Bears," 15 Sep. 2019 This saves power and increases the range of the aircraft. The Economist, "Flying taxis are taking off to whisk people around cities," 14 Sep. 2019 Beyond that, a player should save 25%, or $161,250, leaving a mere $64,500 a year for indulgences such as fine clothing, family trips and nights on the town. Childs Walker,, "Life after football: Former Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain asks current players to contemplate the future," 13 Sep. 2019 For example, rather than treat all seeds before they are planted, farmers could save money and reduce birds’ exposure by applying the pesticide to plants only after an insect outbreak occurs. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Common pesticide makes migrating birds anorexic," 12 Sep. 2019 The Tick goes surfing, sharks try and eat everyone, and despite losing his supersmarts, Yank saves the day and gets our intrepid heroes back to America. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Ars celebrates 25 years of The Tick by picking our top ten favorite episodes," 10 Sep. 2019 In 2018, a one-point victory over Middletown saved Hamilton from an 0-10 season. James Weber,, "Week 2 takeaways: Turnarounds continue for Hamilton, Talawanda; Mr. Football showdown," 8 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alex Meret brilliantly tipped away a Salah shot, though that save was arguably bettered by one from Adrian, who somehow clawed the ball away from his goal to deny Mertens. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool stunned by Napoli late goals in the Champions League," 17 Sep. 2019 Margi DiPietro had an assist, and Steele collected three saves. Carroll County Times Staff,, "Carroll Varsity Roundup (Sept. 14): Westminster volleyball wins Mason-Dixon Invite title," 15 Sep. 2019 Shaun Anderson, who earned two saves in Will Smith's absence, got smacked for two runs in the eighth inning of a 2-2 game on doubles by Neil Walker and Miguel Rojas, and a Louis Brinson single, both scoring hits with two outs. Henry Schulman,, "Giants fall weakly again as one mistake costs Bumgarner a shot at milestone Oracle win," 14 Sep. 2019 The match was tied 1-1 at halftime when UCF's Zandy Soree scored in the 55th minute following a save by ASU goalie Sydney Day. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU soccer suffers second straight loss, giving up three second-half goals," 12 Sep. 2019 And all these numbers are mere half-indicators of how reliable he’s been, rarely one to crumble under the pressures of a four-out save or game-threatening moment. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Oakland Athletics’ closer Liam Hendriks nominated for Roberto Clemente Award, nears major milestones," 12 Sep. 2019 Newton stayed plenty busy, though he wasn’t tasked with more than a couple of difficult saves. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Indy Eleven fend off conference-leading NYRB II, extend home unbeaten streak with late win," 4 Sep. 2019 Josh Hader, who has converted 27 of 33 save chances, has a 2.74 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 113 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings. Houston Chronicle, "On deck: Astros at Milwaukee Brewers," 1 Sep. 2019 At the other end of the spectrum is closer Raisel Iglesias, who continued the road trip with his second blown save and third loss in the past week. Bobby Nightengale,, "Sonny Gray caps dominant month; Raisel Iglesias blows save in Cincinnati Reds' loss to St. Louis," 31 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Aside from the wonder of exploring such a huge game space—eight cities, eight towns/castles, eight dungeons, and seven Shrines—Ultima IV offered a young gamer something modern games don't: unencrypted save files. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Ars goes back to school: The video games that threatened our college GPA," 8 Sep. 2019 The team had split save opportunities between Steve Cishek and Pedro Strop; heading into Wednesday, both were tied with only five. Andy Mccullough,, "Cubs add closer Craig Kimbrel and Dodgers get company in N.L. pennant race," 5 June 2019 Will Smith, who had not pitched in nine days because of back inflammation, handled the ninth for his 33rd save of the season. Ron Kroichick,, "Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto thrives again in victory over Marlins," 15 Sep. 2019 First, goalkeeper Daniel Vega made a kick save of a Mackay-Steven shot in the 40th minute. Michael Lewis, The Mercury News, "Wondo scores at Yankee Stadium, but Quakes lose again," 14 Sep. 2019 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

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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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