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)

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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 Lowering barriers to investment and saving, however, is just one way to increase the supply of resources and improve economic and social life. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 2 Oct. 2021 In addition to shifting their paychecks to PayPal, customers’ PayPal funds can then be used for things that are a part of daily life, like paying their bills, saving or shopping. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Among the animals it is credited with saving are icons such as the bald eagle, brown pelican, gray wolf, and American alligator., 29 Sep. 2021 Having money stored in a bank or phone rather than as cash encourages saving and financial planning, and reduces risk of theft. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 14 Sep. 2021 The coupe weighs 3417 pounds without fluids according to Lamborghini—a 55-pound saving. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 7 July 2021 Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Widow, and all the other beloved Avengers do not need any saving. Chris Smith, BGR, 25 Sep. 2021 This can be a huge tax saving when compared to the top 37% tax bracket on ordinary income. David Rae, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 This also occurred as the oldest Millennials reached the age (30 to 40) when homebuying becomes attractive and many are starting families and saving. CNN, 6 Aug. 2021

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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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10 Oct 2021

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“Saving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 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


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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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