Definition of savor in English:


Syllabification: sa·vor
Pronunciation: /ˈsāvər


  • 1 [with object] Taste (good food or drink) and enjoy it completely: gourmets will want to savor our game specialties
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    • Both routes of feeding were physically unnatural and all I wanted was that exhilarating feeling of smelling, tasting and savouring food in my mouth again.
    • She ate it slowly, savoring each morsel of food that went in her mouth.
    • Do not gulp down your food; savor each mouthful and chew well before you swallow.
  • 1.1Enjoy or appreciate (something pleasant) completely, especially by dwelling on it: I wanted to savor every moment
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    • Yet still we lingered, savoring the last moments of the magical afternoon.
    • You try to live life to the fullest, savouring every moment, for you never know what the morrow may bring - or if there will be a morrow for you.
    • Sloan breathed deep, enjoying and savoring the moment.
    relish, enjoy (to the full), appreciate, delight in, revel in, luxuriate in, bask in
  • 2 [no object] (savor of) Have a suggestion or trace of (something, especially something bad): their genuflections savored of superstition and popery
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    • The promise of endless variety savours of sameness, and we blame ourselves for being spoilt or ignorant, unimaginative, ungrateful and unfulfilled.
    • That would savour of something like treachery, a kind of anti-supporting of your own team.
    • Too much liberty of this kind savours of a luxuriant ungovernable fancy and borders on enthusiasm.
    suggest, smack of, have the hallmarks of, seem like, have the air of, show signs of


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  • Women would find a world without men flat and savourless; it is men who dream of a world without women.
  • Her eyes trailed back down to her now savorless cup of coffee.
  • Arun shook his head and forced more of his savorless meal into his mouth.


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin sapor, from sapere 'to taste'.

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