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    • 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.

    • an instance of this function: an autosave every three minutes.

verb (used with object),au·to·saved, au·to·sav·ing.
  1. to save (a document or file) using this feature.

verb (used without object),au·to·saved, au·to·sav·ing.
  1. to be automatically saved: Most video games autosave after each new level.

Origin of autosave

First recorded in 1980–85; auto-3 + save1

Words Nearby autosave Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use autosave in a sentence

  • No matter what happens, at least some characters will make it to the climax, ensuring a complete story, and a proactive autosave encourages players to fail forward, embrace consequences, and replay the whole game to see alternate paths.