save

1
[ seyv ]
/ seɪv /

verb (used with object), saved, sav·ing.

verb (used without object), saved, sav·ing.

noun

an act or instance of saving, especially in sports.
Baseball. a statistical credit given a relief pitcher for preserving a team's victory by holding its lead in a game.

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Origin of save

1
1175–1225; Middle English sa(u)ven < Old French sauver < Late Latin salvāre to save; see safe

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Definition 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

2
1250–1300; Middle English; variant of safe

synonym study for save

1. See except1.

Definition for save (3 of 3)

Save
[ sah-vuh ]
/ ˈsɑ və /

noun

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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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Idioms and Phrases with save

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