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.
To refrain from a futile appeal or effort: Save your breath; you can’t dissuade them.
sav′a·ble, save′a·ble adj.
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).
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.
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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
(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,
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.
sav′a•ble, save′a•ble, adj.
1. except; but: They all left save one.
2. except; but: He would have gone, save that he had no money for travel.
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Past participle: 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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