definition of saves by The Free Dictionary

save 1


v. saved, sav·ing, saves


a. To rescue from harm, danger, or loss: The lifeguard saved the struggling swimmer.

b. To prevent from dying: The doctors saved the patient.

c. To set free from the consequences of sin; redeem: prayed to save his soul.

2. To keep in a safe or healthy condition: God save King Richard!


a. To hold back for future use: saved his best song for the encore.

b. To avoid spending (money) so as to keep or accumulate it.

c. To avoid spending (money or time) in an amount less than what circumstances normally require: saved $25 at the sale; saved 15 minutes by taking a shortcut.

d. To prevent the waste or loss of; conserve: bought an efficient device that saves electricity.

e. To treat with care by avoiding fatigue, wear, or damage; spare: wore sunglasses to save his eyesight.


a. To make unnecessary; obviate: By carrying two bags you can save an extra trip.

b. To spare (someone) from having to do something.


a. Sports To prevent (a goal) from being scored by blocking a shot. Used of a goalie.

b. To prevent an opponent from scoring (a point).

c. To preserve a victory in (a game).

d. Baseball To preserve (another pitcher’s win) by protecting one’s team’s lead during a stint of relief pitching.

6. Computers To copy (a file) from a computer’s main memory to a disk or other storage medium.


1. To avoid waste or expense; economize.

2. To accumulate money: saving for a vacation.

3. To preserve a person or thing from harm or loss.


1. Sports An act that prevents a ball or puck from entering a goal.

2. Baseball A preservation by a relief pitcher of another pitcher’s win.


save (one’s) breath

To refrain from a futile appeal or effort: Save your breath; you can’t dissuade them.

[Middle English saven, from Old French sauver, from Late Latin salvāre, from Latin salvus, safe; see sol- in Indo-European roots.]

sav′a·ble, save′a·ble adj.

sav′er n.

Synonyms: save1, rescue, reclaim, redeem, deliver
These verbs mean freeing a person or thing from danger, evil, confinement, or servitude. Save is the most general: The smallpox vaccine has saved many lives. A police officer saved the tourist from being cheated. Rescue usually implies saving from immediate harm or danger by direct action: rescue a rare manuscript from a fire. Reclaim can mean to bring a person back, as from error to virtue or to right or proper conduct: “To reclaim me from this course of life was the sole cause of his journey to London” (Henry Fielding).
To redeem is to free someone from captivity or the consequences of sin or error; the term can imply the expenditure of money or effort: The amount paid to redeem the captured duke was enormous. Deliver applies to liberating people from something such as captivity, misery, or peril: “consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them” (George Washington).

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With the exception of; except: “No man enjoys self-reproach save a masochist” (Philip Wylie).


1. Were it not; except: The house would be finished by now, save that we had difficulty contracting a roofer.

2. Unless.

[Middle English, from Old French sauf, from Latin salvō, ablative sing. of salvus, safe; see sol- in Indo-European roots.]

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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. (Theology) (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. (General Sporting Terms) (tr) sport to prevent (a goal) by stopping (a struck ball or puck)

8. (intr) chiefly US (of food) to admit of preservation; keep


9. (General Sporting Terms) sport the act of saving a goal

10. (Computer Science) computing an instruction to write information from the memory onto a tape or disk

[C13: from Old French salver, via Late Latin from Latin salvus safe]

ˈsavable, ˈsaveable adj

ˈsavableness, ˈsaveableness n

ˈsaver n




(often foll by for) Also: saving with the exception of

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

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v. saved, sav•ing,
n. v.t.

1. to rescue from danger or possible harm or loss.

2. to keep safe, intact, or unhurt; safeguard: God save the United States.

3. to keep from being lost: tried to save the game.

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

5. to set aside, reserve, or lay by: to save money.

6. to treat carefully in order to reduce wear, fatigue, etc.

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

8. to deliver from the power and consequences of sin.

9. to copy (computer data) onto a hard or floppy disk, a tape, etc.

10. to stop (a ball or puck) from entering one’s goal.


11. to lay up money as the result of economy or thrift.

12. to be economical in expenditure.

13. to preserve something from harm, loss, etc.


14. a goalkeeper’s act of preventing a goal.

15. (in baseball) a statistical credit given a relief pitcher for preserving a team’s victory by holding its lead.

[1175–1225; Middle English sa(u)ven sauver salvāre to save, derivative of Latin salvus safe, unharmed]

sav′a•ble, save′a•ble, adj.

sav′er, n.




1. except; but: They all left save one.


2. except; but: He would have gone, save that he had no money for travel.

[1250–1300; Middle English; variant of safe]

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Past participle: saved
Gerund: saving

I save
you save
he/she/it saves
we save
you save
they save
I saved
you saved
he/she/it saved
we saved
you saved
they saved
Present Continuous
I am saving
you are saving
he/she/it is saving
we are saving
you are saving
they are saving
Present Perfect
I have saved
you have saved
he/she/it has saved
we have saved
you have saved
they have saved
Past Continuous
I was saving
you were saving
he/she/it was saving
we were saving
you were saving
they were saving
Past Perfect
I had saved
you had saved
he/she/it had saved
we had saved
you had saved
they had saved
I will save
you will save
he/she/it will save
we will save
you will save
they will save
Future Perfect
I will have saved
you will have saved
he/she/it will have saved
we will have saved
you will have saved
they will have saved
Future Continuous
I will be saving
you will be saving
he/she/it will be saving
we will be saving
you will be saving
they will be saving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been saving
you have been saving
he/she/it has been saving
we have been saving
you have been saving
they have been saving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been saving
you will have been saving
he/she/it will have been saving
we will have been saving
you will have been saving
they will have been saving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been saving
you had been saving
he/she/it had been saving
we had been saving
you had been saving
they had been saving
I would save
you would save
he/she/it would save
we would save
you would save
they would save
Past Conditional
I would have saved
you would have saved
he/she/it would have saved
we would have saved
you would have saved
they would have saved

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1. To store a program or document either internally on the computer’s hard disk or externally, usually on tape or disk.

2. Made by the goalkeeper or another player to stop the ball from entering the goal.

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