verb (used with object), saved, sav·ing.
verb (used without object), saved, sav·ing.
Origin of save1
Synonyms for save
Origin of save2
Related Words for savedeliver, recover, salvage, free, manage, keep, collect, maintain, spare, conserve, store, preserve, shield, sustain, ransom, spring, defend, extricate, redeem, liberate
Examples from the Web for save
Contemporary Examples of save
If the world is going to end, why are evangelicals so busy trying to save it?The Evangelical Apocalypse Is All Your Fault
January 4, 2015
Mills was lying on the sidewalk, dying, right in front of people trained to save him.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Like background check laws across the country, it will help keep guns out of dangerous hands, reduce gun crime, and save lives.The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa
December 23, 2014
“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.
Historical Examples of save
For one thing Fred sha'n't get into that kind of muss if I can save him from it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And she never so much as dreamt that he would cast an eye on her save in kindness.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Were all the events of life combining to ruin or to save him?
He bore still around him the rope that was to save the rest.
Tell me, Jesse, tell your friend, who came into the world to save sinners?
Word Origin for save
Word Origin for save
c.1200, "to deliver from some danger; rescue from peril, bring to safety," also "prevent the death of;" also theological, "to deliver from sin or its consequences; admit to eternal life; gain salvation," from Old French sauver "keep (safe), protect, redeem," from Late Latin salvare "make safe, secure," from Latin salvus "safe" (see safe (adj.)). From c.1300 as "reserve for future use, hold back, store up instead of spending;" hence "keep possession of" (late 14c.).
Save face (1898) first was used among the British community in China and is said to be from Chinese; it has not been found in Chinese, but tiu lien "to lose face" does occur. To not (do something) to save one's life is recorded from 1848. To save (one's) breath "cease talking or arguing" is from 1926.
in the sports sense of "act of preventing opponent from scoring," 1890, from save (v.).
"except," early 14c., from adjective save, which also was an early variant of safe (adj.), paralleling evolution in Old French sauf "safe," prepositional use of the adjective, in phrases such as saulve l'honneur "save (our) honor;" also a use in Latin (salva lege, etc.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with save
- saved by the bell
- save face
- save for a rainy day
- save one's bacon
- save one's breath
- save the day
- save up
- penny saved is a penny earned
- rainy day, save for a
- scrimp and save
- to save one's life