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1 to free from the penalties or consequences of sin
  • the Christian belief that Jesus lived and died to save humanity

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2 to remove from danger or harm
  • the firefighters managed to save the family just as the burning building was collapsing

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3 to avoid unnecessary waste or expense
  • we'll have to scrimp and save to be able to afford college

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4 to keep in good condition
  • lovingly saved the classic car and even upgraded its engine

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5 to keep or intend for a special purpose
  • I'm saving this dress for a formal occasion

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Synonyms of save (Entry 2 of 2)

not including
  • everyone save me is going to the party

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How does the verb save contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of save are deliver, ransom, reclaim, redeem, and rescue. While all these words mean "to set free from confinement or danger," 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

In what contexts can deliver take the place of save?

The words deliver and save are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, deliver implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering.

delivered his people from bondage

Where would ransom be a reasonable alternative to save?

Although the words ransom and save have much in common, ransom specifically applies to buying out of captivity.

tried to ransom the kidnap victim

When is reclaim a more appropriate choice than save?

In some situations, the words reclaim and save are roughly equivalent. However, reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased.

reclaimed long-abandoned farms

When would redeem be a good substitute for save?

While in some cases nearly identical to save, redeem implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary.

job training designed to redeem school dropouts from chronic unemployment

When could rescue be used to replace save?

The synonyms rescue and save are sometimes interchangeable, but rescue implies freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action.

rescued the crew of a sinking ship

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The first known use of save was in the 13th century

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“Save.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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