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Meaning of save by Wiktionary Dictionary



    ( First attested 1175–1225 ) From Middle English saven, sauven, from Old French sauver, from Late Latin salvāre ( “to save” )


    • enPR: sāv, IPA: /seɪv/, X-SAMPA: /seIv/
    • Rhymes: -eɪv


    save ( plural: saves )

    1. In various sports, a block that prevents an opponent from scoring .
      The goaltender made a great save .
    2. ( baseball ) When a relief pitcher comes into a game with a 3 run or less lead, and his team wins while continually being ahead .
      Jones retired seven to earn the save .
    3. ( professional wrestling, slang ) A point in a professional wrestling match when one or more wrestlers run to the ring to aid a fellow wrestler who is being beaten .
      The giant wrestler continued to beat down his smaller opponent, until several wrestlers ran in for the save .
    4. ( computing ) The act, process, or result of saving data to a storage medium .
      If you're hit by a power cut, you'll lose all of your changes since your last save .
      The game console can store up to eight saves on a single cartridge .

    Usage notes

    In computing sense “to write a file”, also used as phrasal verb save down informally. Compare other computing phrasal verbs such as print out and close out .

    Derived terms



    1. Except; with the exception of .
      Only the parties may institute proceedings, save where the law shall provide otherwise .




    1. ( dated ) unless; except

    Derived terms



Explanation of save by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make unnecessary an expenditure or effort

    2. This will save money
      I'll save you the trouble
      This will save you a lot of time
    3. record data on a computer

    4. to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

    5. She saved the old family photographs in a drawer
    6. accumulate money for future use

    7. He saves half his salary
    8. spend less

    9. retain rights to

    10. spend sparingly, avoid the waste of

    11. This move will save money
    12. refrain from harming

    13. save from ruin, destruction, or harm

    14. save from sins

    15. bring into safety

    1. the act of preventing the opposition from scoring

    2. the goalie made a brilliant save
      the relief pitcher got credit for a save

    Definition of save by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Save n. [See Sage the herb.] The herb sage, or salvia. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    2. Save v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Saving.] [OE. saven, sauven, salven, OF. salver, sauver, F. sauver, L. salvare, fr. salvus saved, safe. See Safe, a.]
      1. To make safe; to procure the safety of; to preserve from injury, destruction, or evil of any kind; to rescue from impending danger; as, “to save a house from the flames”.

      God save all this fair company. Chaucer.

      He cried, saying, Lord, save me. Matt. xiv. 30.

      Thou hast . . . quitted all to save

      A world from utter loss. Milton.

      2. ( Theol. ) Specifically, to deliver from sin and its penalty; to rescue from a state of condemnation and spiritual death, and bring into a state of spiritual life.

      Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.

      3. To keep from being spent or lost; to secure from waste or expenditure; to lay up; to reserve.

      Now save a nation, and now save a groat. Pope.

      4. To rescue from something undesirable or hurtful; to prevent from doing something; to spare.

      I'll save you

      That labor, sir. All's now done. Shak.

      5. To hinder from doing, suffering, or happening; to obviate the necessity of; to prevent; to spare.

      Will you not speak to save a lady's blush? Dryden.

      6. To hold possession or use of; to escape loss of.

      Just saving the tide, and putting in a stock of merit. Swift.

      To save appearances, to preserve a decent outside; to avoid exposure of a discreditable state of things.

      Syn. -- To preserve; rescue; deliver; protect; spare; reserve; prevent.

    3. Save, v. i. To avoid unnecessary expense or expenditure; to prevent waste; to be economical.

      Brass ordnance saveth in the quantity of the material. Bacon.

    4. Save, prep. or conj. [F. sauf, properly adj., safe. See Safe, a.] Except; excepting; not including; leaving out; deducting; reserving; saving.

      Five times received I forty stripes save one. 2 Cor. xi. 24.

      Syn. -- See Except.

    5. Save, conj. Except; unless.