[ aw-toh-seyv ]
/ ˈɔ toʊˌseɪv /


  1. a feature of a software program that automatically saves an open document or file: I like to live dangerously and turn off the autosave feature in my word processor.
  2. an instance of this function: an autosave every three minutes.

verb (used with object), au·to·saved, au·to·sav·ing.

to save (a document or file) using this feature.

verb (used without object), au·to·saved, au·to·sav·ing.

to be automatically saved: Most video games autosave after each new level.

Origin of autosave

First recorded in 1980–85; auto-3 + save1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020