[ seyv ]
/ seɪv /
verb (used with object), saved, sav·ing.
to rescue from danger or possible harm, injury, or loss: to save someone from drowning.
to keep safe, intact, or unhurt; safeguard; preserve: God save the king.
to keep from being lost: to save 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) from RAM onto a disk or other storage medium.
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 admit of being kept without spoiling, as food.
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.
Origin of save1
1175–1225; Middle English sa(u)ven < Old French sauver < Late Latin salvāre to save; see safe
sav·a·ble, save·a·ble, adjectivesav·a·ble·ness, save·a·ble·ness, nounsav·er, nounun·sav·a·ble, adjective
un·save·a·ble, adjectiveun·saved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unsaved (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 Formssavable 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 unsaved (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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Idioms and Phrases with unsaved
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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