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save

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[ seyv ]
/ seɪv /
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verb (used with object), saved, sav·ing.
verb (used without object), saved, sav·ing.
noun
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Origin of save

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First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English sa(u)ven, from Old French sauver, salver, from Late Latin salvāre “to save”; see origin at safe

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Other definitions for save (2 of 3)

save2
[ seyv ]
/ seɪv /

preposition
except; but: All the guests had left save one.
conjunction
except; but (usually followed by that): He would have gone, save that he had no means.

Origin of save

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English sauue, sauf, save, variant of safe

synonym study for save

1. See except1.

Other definitions for save (3 of 3)

Save
[ sah-vuh ]
/ ˈsɑ və /

noun
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How to use save in a sentence

  • We hunted among the ruins, of course, but not a vestige of anything savable did we find.

    Arizona's Yesterday|John H. Cady
  • In simple innocence Rosie had started out supposing that all that was necessary toward saving was to have something savable.

    The Rosie World|Parker Fillmore

British Dictionary definitions for save (1 of 2)

save1
/ (seɪv) /

verb
noun
sport the act of saving a goal
computing an instruction to write information from the memory onto a tape or disk

Derived forms of save

savable or saveable, adjectivesavableness or saveableness, nounsaver, noun

Word Origin for save

C13: from Old French salver, via Late Latin from Latin salvus safe

British Dictionary definitions for save (2 of 2)

save2
/ (seɪv) archaic, or literary /

preposition
Also: saving (often foll by for) with the exception of
conjunction
but; except

Word Origin for save

C13 sauf, from Old French, from Latin salvō, from salvus safe
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Other Idioms and Phrases with save

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