[ seyv ]
/ seɪv /
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verb (used with object), saved, sav·ing.
to rescue from danger or possible harm, injury, or loss: to save someone from drowning.
to keep from being lost to an opponent: A goal in the final minute saved the game.
to avoid the spending, consumption, or waste of: to save fuel.
to keep, as for reuse: to save leftovers for tomorrow's dinner.
to set aside, reserve, or lay by: to save money.
to treat carefully in order to reduce wear, fatigue, etc.: to save one's eyes by reading under proper light.
to prevent the occurrence, use, or necessity of; obviate: to come early in order to save waiting.
Theology. to deliver from the power and consequences of sin.
Computers. to copy (a file or other data) to a storage medium, as from RAM to a disk.
Sports. to stop (a ball or puck) from entering one's goal.
verb (used without object), saved, sav·ing.
to lay up money as the result of economy or thrift.
to be economical in expenditure.
to preserve something from harm, injury, loss, etc.
to keep or last without spoiling, as food.
an act or instance of saving, especially in sports: The goalie guarded the net well and made a crucial save.
Baseball. a statistical credit given a relief pitcher for preserving a team's victory by holding its lead in a game.
- 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.
- one version of a saved file: We can recover the lost data if we restore it from a previous save.
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Origin of save1
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
OTHER WORDS FROM save
sav·a·ble, save·a·ble, adjectivesav·a·ble·ness, save·a·ble·ness, nounsaver, nounun·sav·a·ble, adjective
un·save·a·ble, adjectiveun·saved, adjective
Other definitions for save (2 of 3)
[ seyv ]
/ seɪv /
except; but: All the guests had left save one.
except; but (usually followed by that): He would have gone, save that he had no means.
Origin of save2
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)
[ sah-vuh ]
/ ˈsɑ və /
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How to use save in a sentence
"She has a soul to be saved, and it's quite saveable," answered the nun tartly.The Art of Disappearing|John Talbot Smith
Pickering'll be a magician, I mean; he's the boy who'll save our bacon, if it's saveable.Uller Uprising|Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
British Dictionary definitions for save (1 of 2)
/ (seɪv) /
(tr) to rescue, preserve, or guard (a person or thing) from danger or harm
to avoid the spending, waste, or loss of (money, possessions, etc)
(tr) to deliver from sin; redeem
(often foll by up) to set aside or reserve (money, goods, etc) for future use
(tr) to treat with care so as to avoid or lessen wear or degenerationuse a good light to save your eyes
(tr) to prevent the necessity for; obviate the trouble ofgood work now will save future revision
(tr) sport to prevent (a goal) by stopping (a struck ball or puck)
(intr) mainly US (of food) to admit of preservation; keep
sport the act of saving a goal
computing an instruction to write information from the memory onto a tape or disk
Derived forms of savesavable 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)
/ (seɪv) archaic, or literary /
Also: saving (often foll by for) with the exception of
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
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
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