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  1. save
    IPA[sāv]
  2. verb

    • 1. keep safe or rescue (someone or something) from harm or danger:

      she saved a boy from drowning
      Synonym : rescue, come to someone's rescue, save someone's life, come to someone's aid, set free, free, liberate, deliver, extricate, snatch, bail out, bring off, save someone's bacon, save someone's neck, save someone's skin, preserve, keep safe, keep, protect, safeguard, guard, conserve, salvage, retrieve, reclaim, rescue
    • 2. prevent (someone) from dying:

      the doctors did everything they could to save him
    • 3. (in Christian use) preserve (a person's soul) from damnation:

      church ladies approach me trying to save my soul
    • 4. keep (someone) in health (used in exclamations and formulaic expressions):

      God save the Queen
    • 5. keep and store up (something, especially money) for future use:

      she had never been able to save much from her salary you can save up for retirement in a number of ways
      Synonym : put aside, set aside, lay aside, put by, put to one side, lay by, keep, retain, reserve, keep in reserve, conserve, stockpile, store, hoard, save for a rainy day, keep for future use, put in a safe place, collect, amass, set by, salt away, squirrel away, stash away, hang onto
    • 6. preserve (something) by not expending or using it:

      save your strength till later
    • 7. used to tell someone to stop talking:

      save it, Joey—I'm in big trouble now
    • 8. keep (data) by moving a copy to a storage location, especially from memory:

      save it to a new file
    • 9. avoid the need to use up or spend (money, time, or other resources):

      save $20 on a new camcorder an efficient dishwasher would save them one year and three months at the sink
      Synonym : economize, be (more) economical, make economies, scrimp, scrimp and scrape, be thrifty, be frugal, tighten one's belt, cut back, make cutbacks, budget, retrench, husband one's resources, cut costs, cut expenditure, draw in one's horns, watch one's pennies, pinch pennies, rake and scrape
    • 10. avoid, lessen, or guard against:

      this approach saves wear and tear on the books the statement was made to save the government some embarrassment
      Synonym : prevent, obviate, forestall, spare, stop, avoid, avert, make unnecessary, rule out
    • 11. prevent an opponent from scoring (a goal or point) in a game or from winning (the game):

      the powerful German saved three match points
    • 12. (of a goalkeeper in soccer and hockey) stop (a shot) from entering the goal.

    • 13. (of a relief pitcher in certain game situations) finish (a game) while preserving a winning position gained by another pitcher.

    noun

    • 1. an instance of a relief pitcher saving a game.

    • 2. (in soccer and hockey) an act of preventing an opponent's scoring:

      the keeper made a great save
    • 3. another term for sacrifice

    • 4. an act of saving data to a storage location, usually the hard drive:

      the recovery feature enables you to retrieve most of the edits you made since the last save
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: save, plural noun: saves

    • v.: verb: save, 3rd person present: saves, gerund or present participle: saving, past tense: saved, past participle: saved

    • preposition

      other than; except for:
    • conjunction

      except:
    • verb

      keep safe or rescue (someone or something) from harm or danger:

      prevent (someone) from dying:

    • noun

      (in soccer and hockey) an act of preventing an opponent's scoring:

      an instance of preserving a winning position gained by another pitcher.

    • preposition

      other than; except for:
    • conjunction

      except:
    • noun

      an economy of or reduction in money, time, or another resource:

      the money one has saved, especially through a bank or investment plan:

    • adjective

      preventing waste of a particular resource:
    • preposition

      with the exception of; except.

      with due respect to.

    • noun

      an economy of or reduction in money, time, or another resource:

      the money one has saved, especially through a bank or official scheme:

    • adjective

      preventing waste of a particular resource:
    • preposition

      with the exception of; except.

      with due respect to.

    • retain respect; avoid humiliation
    • avoid humiliation
    • get in and out of port while the tide lasts
    • rescue someone from danger or difficulty
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