Definition of lifesaver in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪfseɪvə/


1 informal A thing that saves one from serious difficulty: a microwave could be a lifesaver this Christmas
More example sentences
  • A proud mum has hailed her two-year-old toddler as a lifesaver - after he saved her from falling into a diabetic coma.
  • Her family will tonight welcome hundreds of volunteers to a blood sample session at a West Timperley pub in a bid to find the lifesaver who can help Shannon.
  • Nominees might be heroic lifesavers who have put themselves in danger to help somebody else.
2 (also surf lifesaver) Australian /NZ A lifeguard working on a beach.
Example sentences
  • The event was a great success and the community's efforts will go a long way towards covering the large insurance premiums the club will have to pay to keep volunteer lifesavers on the beach this season.
  • So there were eighty lifesavers on the beach at that crucial moment.
  • With the surfing season about to commence, it is time to be mindful of the great contribution our volunteer surf lifesavers make to our way of life.

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