sav·​ing | \ ˈsā-viŋ How to pronounce saving (audio) \

Definition of saving

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : preservation from danger or destruction : deliverance
2 : the act or an instance of economizing
3a savings plural : money put by
b : the excess of income over consumption expenditures often used in plural
c : a usually specified lower cost often used in plurala savings of 50 percent

Definition of saving (Entry 2 of 3)

2 : without disrespect to

Definition of saving (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of saving in a Sentence

Noun The new system will provide a saving in labor. How much money do you have in savings? She has her savings in stocks. They were able to retire on their savings. Preposition saving three members, the club is now fully committed to the fund-raising project Conjunction I would be ready, saving the fact that I can't find my missing shoe.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What if the very institutions tasked with saving lives were all along in cahoots with the machinery of death? Jason Kehe, Wired, "2021 and the Conspiracies of Johnny Mnemonic," 11 Jan. 2021 One of the saving graces of the pandemic is that SARS-2 has not been infecting children at the rates of adults (and has generally not made them nearly as sick). Andrew Joseph, STAT, "The looming questions scientists need to answer about the new variant of the coronavirus," 21 Dec. 2020 In the waning seconds, Freire broke free for a point-blank shot, but Vigue, who was playing goalie, smothered the attempt with a tremendous game-saving stop. Emmett Hall,, "Cooper City Optimist Soccer returns to pitch," 18 Dec. 2020 Who doesn't love a chic DIY that doubles as a money-saving hack? Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "This Pendant Light DIY Is an Easy Way to Brighten Up Any Rental," 7 Dec. 2020 The locking handle can be extended for stable use, or folded over for space saving travel. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Survivalists," 30 Nov. 2020 Track your progress and treat saving as important as paying your bills. Ken Tumin, CBS News, "4 smart savings strategies for 2021 that you can start now," 26 Nov. 2020 That is, the president was not acting in the role of a customer, to achieve any cost saving or benefit to the government itself. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, "An FDR-Size Executive Order for Biden," 18 Nov. 2020 But maybe consumers would be more inclined to mask up if their PPE came with extra (non-life saving) features, like inbuilt Bluetooth speakers. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "How design keeps businesses focused on people in a post-pandemic era of robots and remote work," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of saving


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1535, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saving


Middle English, from gerund of saven to save


Middle English, from present participle of saven

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The first known use of saving was in the 14th century

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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Saving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of saving

: an amount of something that is not spent or used
: the amount of money that you have saved especially in a bank over a period of time


sav·​ing | \ ˈsā-viŋ \

Kids Definition of saving

1 : something that is not spent, wasted, or lost a saving in electricity
2 savings plural : money put aside (as in a bank)

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