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[ seyv ]

verb (used with object)

, saved, sav·ing.
  1. to rescue from danger or possible harm, injury, or loss:

    to save someone from drowning.

    Synonyms: salvage

  2. to keep safe, intact, or unhurt; safeguard; preserve:

    God save the king.

  3. to keep from being lost to an opponent:

    A goal in the final minute saved the game.

  4. to avoid the spending, consumption, or waste of:

    to save fuel.

  5. to keep, as for reuse:

    to save leftovers for tomorrow's dinner.

  6. to set aside, reserve, or lay by:

    to save money.

    Synonyms: husband, store up

  7. to treat carefully in order to reduce wear, fatigue, etc.:

    to save one's eyes by reading under proper light.

  8. to prevent the occurrence, use, or necessity of; obviate:

    to come early in order to save waiting.

  9. Theology. to deliver from the power and consequences of sin.
  10. Computers. to copy (a file or other data) to a storage medium, as from RAM to a disk.
  11. Sports. to stop (a ball or puck) from entering one's goal.

verb (used without object)

, saved, sav·ing.
  1. to lay up money as the result of economy or thrift.

    Synonyms: hoard, economize

  2. to be economical in expenditure.
  3. to preserve something from harm, injury, loss, etc.
  4. to keep or last without spoiling, as food.


  1. an act or instance of saving, especially in sports:

    The goalie guarded the net well and made a crucial save.

  2. Baseball. a statistical credit given a relief pitcher for preserving a team's victory by holding its lead in a game.
  3. Computers.
    1. an act of copying a file or other data to a storage medium:

      The server is scheduled to execute a systemwide save at the end of the work day.

    2. one version of a saved file:

      We can recover the lost data if we restore it from a previous save.



[ seyv ]


  1. except; but:

    All the guests had left save one.


  1. except; but (usually followed by that ):

    He would have gone, save that he had no means.



[ sah-vuh ]




/ seɪv /


  1. Alsosaving often foll by for with the exception of


  1. but; except



/ seɪv /


  1. tr to rescue, preserve, or guard (a person or thing) from danger or harm
  2. to avoid the spending, waste, or loss of (money, possessions, etc)
  3. tr to deliver from sin; redeem
  4. often foll by up to set aside or reserve (money, goods, etc) for future use
  5. tr to treat with care so as to avoid or lessen wear or degeneration

    use a good light to save your eyes

  6. tr to prevent the necessity for; obviate the trouble of

    good work now will save future revision

  7. tr sport to prevent (a goal) by stopping (a struck ball or puck)
  8. intr (of food) to admit of preservation; keep


  1. sport the act of saving a goal
  2. computing an instruction to write information from the memory onto a tape or disk
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Derived Forms

  • ˈsavable, adjective
  • ˈsavableness, noun
  • ˈsaver, noun
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Other Words From

  • sava·ble savea·ble adjective
  • sava·ble·ness savea·ble·ness noun
  • saver noun
  • un·sava·ble adjective
  • un·savea·ble adjective
  • un·saved adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of save1

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

Origin of save2

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

Origin of save1

C13 sauf, from Old French, from Latin salvō, from salvus safe

Origin of save2

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

  • penny saved is a penny earned
  • rainy day, save for a
  • scrimp and save
  • to save one's life
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Example Sentences

Perhaps a country that’s been through the turmoil of three presidents in a week needs a goalkeeper to make a save.

From Ozy

Open up a playlist, click Edit, check the Collaborative box, and Save.

Even after a site has been migrated, rankings for important pages may fluctuate and search engines may have to index new URLs, so save site migrations and other projects that could affect your visibility and user experience for later.

In the case of 1Password and its browser extension, look for the Save in 1Password button when you’re logging in.

Once created, offering quick access to their list makes it easy to add saved items to their shopping cart for fast checkout.

If the world is going to end, why are evangelicals so busy trying to save it?

Mills was lying on the sidewalk, dying, right in front of people trained to save him.

Like background check laws across the country, it will help keep guns out of dangerous hands, reduce gun crime, and save lives.

“We started doing this because we want to save lives,” Jonson says.

Alexander and Adorno were doing what they could to save the officer on the passenger side, Liu.

This will often save the foliage from drying up, a happening which makes the plants rather unsightly.

His hair was darker—almost brown save at the temples, where age had faded it to an ashen colour.

Among the clergy therein he finds no offenses, save that a few have gambled in public; these are promptly disciplined.

My thought was to keep pushing in troops from "W" Beach until the enemy had fallen back to save themselves from being cut off.

She reached forward to it in ecstasy; but she might not enjoy it, save at the price which her conscience exacted.


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More About Save

What is a basic definition of save?

Save means to rescue from danger, to lessen the use of something, or to set something aside for later. Save has many other uses, especially as a verb and a noun.

If you save someone, you prevent them from being harmed or injured. Nonliving things can also be saved from destruction or damage. A person who saves someone or something else can be called a savior.

  • Real-life examples: Superheroes save the world from supervillains and disasters. Firefighters often save people from burning buildings. A gardener may need to save their plants from hungry animals.
  • Used in a sentence: We managed to gather support and save the park from being bulldozed. 

When you save gas or save time, you are lowering the amount that you usually spend. Things that lower the amount of stuff needed are called savers with another noun describing what is being saved, as in time saver. The noun saving, meaning a reduction, is based on this sense of save.

  • Real-life examples: Many people want to save money they spend on gas by buying fuel-efficient cars. Using a calculator to solve math problems saves time and stress involved with doing the math in your head. You can save water by turning off the sink while brushing your teeth.
  • Used in a sentence: I think our country will save money on energy if we switch to solar power. 

Save can also mean to keep something for later. For example, many people save money for a special thing they want to buy or so they have some available in case of an emergency. The word savings is used to refer to money saved for future need.

  • Real-life examples: People often save leftover food to eat later rather than throw it away. Some people save food, water, and other supplies in case of emergencies. Hospitals may save emergency supplies of blood and medicine so they don’t run out.
  • Used in a sentence: I am saving my funniest jokes for the talent show. 

Where does save come from?

The first records of save come from around 1175. It ultimately comes from the Late Latin salvāre, meaning “to save.”

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What are some other forms related to save?

  • saving (noun, present tense verb)
  • savable (adjective)
  • saveable (adjective)
  • saver (noun)
  • unsaved (adjective)

What are some synonyms for save?

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How is save used in real life?

Save is a very common word that often means to rescue or to lessen the use of something.

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True or False?

If a new stove saves you time while cooking, it lowers the amount of time you spend cooking.

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.