[ sal-vij ]
/ ˈsæl vɪdʒ /


verb (used with object), sal·vaged, sal·vag·ing.

to save from shipwreck, fire, etc.

Origin of salvage

From Old French, dating back to 1635–45; see origin at save1, -age

Related forms

Can be confused

salvage selvage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for salvage


/ (ˈsælvɪdʒ) /


verb (tr)

to save or rescue (goods or property) from fire, shipwreck, etc
to gain (something beneficial) from a failureshe salvaged little from the broken marriage

Derived Forms

salvageable, adjectivesalvager, noun

Word Origin for salvage

C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin salvāgium, from salvāre to save 1
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