Definition of saving in English:


Syllabification: sav·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈsāviNG


  • 1An economy of or reduction in money, time, or another resource: this resulted in a considerable saving in development costs
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    • The reduction for two is based on the saving in postage costs.
    • All this means that eliminating tuition is a real financial possibility, given the saving in administration and financial assistance that would result.
    • For example, if an engineer constructed a project overall within budget and made a saving in nine out of ten items within the bill, he received no bonus or award.
    reduction, cut, decrease, economy
  • 2 (usually one's savings) The money one has saved, especially through a bank or official scheme: the agents were cheating them out of their life savings
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    • Some who have followed this route have lost not only their redundancy money but their life savings.
    • Folks got more and more greedy, throwing their life savings and retirement money into the market.
    • Pension holders risk losing their life savings if their employer goes bust, the pensions advisory service has warned.
    nest egg, money for a rainy day, life savings; capital, assets, funds, resources, reserves
  • 3 Law A reservation; an exception.
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    • Special savings apply to protect chemists and dentists from this prohibition.
    • None of these savings is relevant to Miss Robinson's case.


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  • Preventing waste of a particular resource: an energy-saving light bulb


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  • 1With the exception of; except.
  • 2 archaic With due respect to.


Middle English: from save1; the preposition probably from save2, on the pattern of touching.


Use savings in the modifying position (savings bank, savings bond) and when referring to money saved in a bank: your savings are fully insured . When speaking of an act of saving, as when one obtains a discount on a purchase, the preferred form is saving: with this coupon you will receive a saving of $3 (not a savings of $3 ).

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