- 1Keep safe or rescue (someone or something) from harm or danger: she saved a boy from drowningMore example sentences
- The children's flick will feature Jackie as a pirate ghost who hobnobs with a little boy and his friends to save their town from danger.
- Finally, we were saved by a rescue team and they were nice enough to give us a new motor.
- My husband assures me that my moves will probably save me from any danger, so intimidating, he says, is the sight of me doing the African dance.
- 1.1Prevent (someone) from dying: the doctors did everything they could to save himMore example sentences
- Jay meets Peaches when she saves a dying man involved in a traffic accident.
- To save a dying person is his life's work, his obsession.
- But why aren't they able to save every dying person?
- 1.2(In Christian use) preserve (a person’s soul) from damnation.More example sentences
- Whoever converts a sinner from error saves his soul from damnation.
- The state of knowledge was not a priority when there were fundamental issues of church doctrine to be discussed and souls to be saved from the pernicious influence of Protestantism.
- My favourite reactions I received were of the religious type, attempting to open my eyes to a Godly world and save my soul from damnation.
- 2Keep and store up (something, especially money) for future use: she had never been able to save much from her salary [no object]: you can save up for retirement in a number of waysMore example sentences
- By September 1889, debt-free and resolved to save money for the future, Boyle proposed marriage for the first time in his life.
- If we had rented during those first five years of marriage, we would never have been able to save enough money to make that purchase.
- It'd be cool to be able to save up for something nice, like a nice ride - something I could be proud of.
- 2.1 Computing Keep (data) by moving a copy to a storage location, especially from memory: save it to a new fileMore example sentences
- Client data would normally be saved onto corporate servers rather than desktops but the company is refusing to take any chances.
- If you are trying to download some file, it will be automatically saved to your desktop.
- Choose between bitmap or JPEG file formats when saving screenshots to the hard drive.
- 2.2Preserve (something) by not expending or using it: save your strength till laterMore example sentences
- He saves his arm strength and uses his horse's speed and power to inflict the deep wounds and deathblows.
- I must agree in order to save the rest of my strength.
- To save one's own strength, to defend oneself by sleight of body while drawing from one's opponent all his strength: this is the art of Ju-jitsu.
- 3Avoid the need to use up or spend (money, time, or other resources): save $20 on a new camcorder [with two objects]: an efficient dishwasher would save them one year and three months at the sinkMore example sentences
- A spokesperson said that the policy would have little adverse financial effect, as it would save money otherwise spent on recruiting new staff.
- But we could easily save money, diverting resources to more innovative management practices.
- Not only it will save their time, it will also save money spent on hiring the bag-checkers.
- 3.1Avoid, lessen, or guard against: this approach saves wear and tear on the books [with two objects]: the statement was made to save the government some embarrassmentMore example sentences
- Thousands of families would have been saved their tears, their sorrow and the grief they are experiencing this very moment.
- It also saved her family the daily washing machine wear and tear, increased water use and the chore of washing and drying nappies regularly.
- Little white lies could save someone's feelings and prevent them from having to face bitter truths.
- 4Prevent an opponent from scoring (a goal or point) in a game or from winning (the game): the powerful German saved three match pointsMore example sentences
- The story is told of a goalkeeper who kept waving to his girlfriend in the grandstand every time he saved a goal.
- You'd be surprised how many points are saved and thrown away in the latter stage of the game.
- The return of the rejuvenated opening bowlers quickly put paid to any lingering hopes the Cambridge side had of saving the game, removing two further batsmen.
- 4.2 Soccer & Hockey (Of a goalkeeper) stop (a shot) from entering the goal.More example sentences
- The keeper dives, and the shot gets saved, or it drops into the back of the net, the fans sigh or groan on cue, and the game goes on.
- But his shot was saved by the keeper.
- McDonald did have a chance for Villa but his shot was well saved by keeper Hardy.
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- 1.1chiefly Soccer & Hockey An act of preventing an opponent’s scoring: the keeper made a great saveMore example sentences
- The Brookes keeper performs an acrobatic save to keep Oxford off the score sheet in what was a disappointing game for the home team
- Within 14 minutes third choice goalkeeper Mark Salter had not only made three tough saves but had also watched a near own goal by Anthony Doeh.
- Goalkeeper Michele Gademans also played an important role, making four solid saves to shutout the other team and ensure the Clan a spot at the National Championships.
- 1.2 Bridge another term for sacrifice.
- 2 Computing 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 saveMore example sentences
- Repeated saves and reloads in your editing package will produce the same image each time.
- Game saves are saved to memory stick, and a 32MB stick is included with the console.
- Librarians are pestered every day to explain why the student's saves to disc ‘do not work.’
save one's breath
- [often in imperative] Not bother to say something because it is pointless.More example sentences
- After months of writing to my elected officials I feel a whole lot better supporting this project and saving my breath.
- You're better saving your breath for the wedding speech because right now I'm not listening to any of your words!
- These worthy protesters could have saved their breath.
save the day
- Find or provide a solution to a difficulty or disaster.More example sentences
- Foreign students did indeed save the situation; they provided 15 per cent of university revenues.
- And if someday your organization is in the midst of an expensive dispute, and you provide the piece of electronic evidence that saves the day - well, that's priceless.
- A strong president, a good president, would put his country before his pride and throw himself into saving the situation even if it meant admitting previous mistakes and ditching past policies and advisors.
save (someone's) face
- see face.
save someone's life
- (cannot do something to save one's life) Be completely incompetent at doing something: Adrian couldn’t draw to save his lifeMore example sentences
- I can't swim to save my life, but I'm really good at floating
- There's no question he is a looker, but he can't sing to save his life.
save someone's skin (or neck or hide or bacon)
- Rescue someone from danger or difficulty.More example sentences
- Frankie quickly saved his bacon by delivering a fierce roundhouse kick to the creature's chin, taking it out for good.
- Lying may rarely be justifiable, but saving your bacon and sparing others the embarrassment of having to deal with your mistakes may just make it worthwhile.
- They used every trick in the manual to portray him as a corporate fat cat who cared only about saving his skin.
save someone the trouble (or bother)
- Avoid involving someone in useless or pointless effort: write it down and save yourself the trouble of rememberingMore example sentences
- Other hotels (just a few though) are equipped with cinema rooms, saving you the trouble of getting out if you are too tired or if the unpredictable English weather is not at its best!
- He took down the dossier, saving me the trouble of initiating a court action.
- Letting it do the record-keeping saves you the trouble of entering information over and over again.
savable (also saveable)
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- Another quarter are saveable if they get investment soon.
- The jury is out on if the tooth is savable, but it was cracked right up to the root.
- The Christmas card is both an ephemeral or punctual and saveable or enduring form of communication, and its arrival always brings pleasure.
Middle English: from Old French sauver, from late Latin salvare, from Latin salvus 'safe'. The noun dates from the late 19th century.
preposition & conjunction• formal or • literary
- Except; other than: no one needed to know save herself the kitchen was empty save for BorisMore example sentences
- The audience is seated in a theatre pitch black save the glow of six individual light boxes, each containing a fluoro rod, sitting on the floor of the stage.
- But otherwise, what we say is subject to no regulation save our own sensibilities.
- Raw materials and processes are simply drained of all value save monetary value.
Middle English: from Old French sauf, sauve, from Latin salvo, salva (ablative singular of salvus 'safe'), used in phrases such as salvo jure, salva innocentia 'with no violation of right or innocence'.