sav·​ing | \ˈsā-viŋ \

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 plural a savings of 50 percent



Definition of saving (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : except, save

2 : without disrespect to



Definition of saving (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of saving in a Sentence


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.


saving three members, the club is now fully committed to the fund-raising project


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

For even more savings, check out the list of Echo Dot Kids Edition sale bundles currently being offered by Amazon. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Start stashing stocking stuffers early with these awesome Amazon Echo Dot deals," 5 Nov. 2018 Doing so gives you access to all the Prime Day savings, as well as free two-day shipping privileges, Prime Music, and Prime Video. Madeline Buxton,, "How To Shop Amazon's Prime Day, Without Paying For A Prime Membership," 5 July 2018 For example, maybe the $30,000 pays off your car, buys a ring, puts some money into savings, and pays off one-third of your student loan debt. Peter Dunn, Indianapolis Star, "Pete the Planner: Don't rush into many big financial decisions at once," 4 July 2018 The industry-wide price war has netted billions of dollars in annual savings for investors, as costs drop for everything from trading to financial advice and the annual expense for investing in funds. Stan Choe,, "Investing gets even cheaper: Vanguard cuts ETF commissions," 2 July 2018 California voters this November will decide whether to change daylight saving time, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday sending the proposal to the statewide ballot. Angela Hart, sacbee, "California voters will decide daylight saving time," 28 June 2018 For more details on savings, customers can go to Shay Spence, ajc, "Amazon Prime members can now get big discounts at Whole Foods nationwide," 25 June 2018 That is a part of our history worth saving, over and over again. Janet Kusterer, Howard County Times, "Flood doesn't diminish passion for Ellicott City [Mostly Main Street]," 14 June 2018 New members who sign up before June 14 will get an annual membership deal for $49, a $50 saving, and a $15 credit to spend on a $100 Target purchase. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Hold on to your wallets, Target lovers. Same-day shipping is on its way," 2 June 2018

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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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Financial Definition of saving

What It Is

In economics, savings is the amount that is left after spending. In banking, savings refers to savings accounts, which are short-term, interest-bearing deposits with a bank or other financial institution.

How It Works

There are only two things to do with money: Save it or spend it. For example, let's say John Doe's paycheck is $1,600 every two weeks, or $3,200 a month. His expenses are the following:

Rent: $1,300
Car payment: $450
Student loan payment: $450
Credit card payment: $300
Groceries: $250
Utilities: $75
Cell phone: $75
Gas: $100
Total expenses: $3,000

Because John spends $3,000 of his $3,200 income per month, he saves $200.

If John's expenses are higher than his income, he is not saving; he is living paycheck-to-paycheck. If he gets fired, has an emergency or his company closes in two weeks, he would have little backup.

In banking terms, savings accounts are time deposits, meaning that a bank can require the account holder to give notice before withdrawing the funds or impose a penalty for withdrawal before a specified date. The interest rates on savings accounts vary by institution but are generally lower than interest rates on longer-term deposits, such as CDs or even money market accounts. Interest is usually compounded monthly.

Why It Matters

It is dangerous not to save money. Not only is it financially risky, it creates unnecessary stress. To enable savings, John must reduce his expenses so that they are less than his income, and he should make regular, disciplined deposits into a savings and/or investment vehicle.

Ironically, when a country saves so much money that it hardly spends anything, its economy can suffer. This is called the paradox of thrift, which is an economic theory developed by John Maynard Keynes that states that the more people save, the less they spend and thus the less they stimulate the economy.

It is important to note that the interest rate paid on a savings account may be below the inflation rate, meaning that the account actually might lose purchasing power over time despite the interest earned.

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English Language Learners Definition of saving

: an amount of something that is not spent or used

savings : 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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