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[lahyf-sey-ver] /ˈlaɪfˌseɪ vər/
a person who rescues another from danger of death, especially from drowning.
a person or thing that saves a person, as from a difficult situation or critical moment:
That money was a lifesaver.
Chiefly British. a lifeguard.
Origin of lifesaver
First recorded in 1880-85; life + saver
Related forms
lifesaving, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The life-saver who had just been speaking, got up quickly and went in to relieve Ryan.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • You'd better raid a drug-store and get some more of our life-saver, too.

    The End of Time Wallace West
  • But if he betrayed his surprise, the life-saver did not notice it.

    The Girl and The Bill Bannister Merwin
  • The Captain had proved a life-saver indeed to the proud old bird.

    When the Cock Crows Waldron Baily
  • Men in distress don't ask for the pedigree of the life-saver, nor do they stop to inquire when he graduated.

    Increasing Personal Efficiency Russell H. Conwell
  • Her friend sprang into the breach like a life-saver off a pier.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • He had been a life-saver many years before, but in a daring rescue had injured his back, and could never enter a boat again.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • They welcomed Enslee as a life-saver, embraced him, and bade him confirm their worst suspicions of Paris.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • And, after a while, the life-saver did get up, although he could scarcely stand.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The life-saver gave the required dose and succeeded in soothing the poor fellow, who was still terribly weak.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for life-saver


the saver of a person's life
another name for lifeguard
(informal) a person or thing that gives help in time of need
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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