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 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)

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many Americans have little experience saving, spending, budgeting, and investing in such a high inflation environment. Jared Lindzon, Time, 19 Apr. 2022 In the Fidelity survey, budgeting/saving, inflation and retirement accounts were listed among the top topics Americans consider important for managing their finances. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2022 Daylight saving time itself is a monument to humanity’s hubris. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 18 Mar. 2022 Indiana's brief history of (daylight saving) time Indiana's current relationship with DST began in April 2006. Channing King, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Mar. 2022 The opt-in security boost comes with a host of other features, according to Buck, who tipped everything from screenshot notifications, GIFs and stickers, reactions, and replies to message forwarding, media saving, and video edits. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 28 Jan. 2022 Since its founding in 2013, Aspiration has aimed to help more people use their money for good — by spending, saving, and investing for positive impact through the bank’s financial programs and products. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 3 May 2022 One thing that's pretty clear is that there isn't much enthusiasm for what most of the country does now — switching back and forth between daylight saving and standard time. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 9 Apr. 2022 Most people in my community rented their houses and apartments, my family included—and there weren’t a lot of role models in our community to explain the importance of saving, investing, and creating wealth. Ryan Williams, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Saving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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