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American English: /seɪv/
British English: /seɪv/

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (rescue, preserve) new investment could save 500 jobs
    una nueva inversión podría salvar 500 puestos de trabajo
    she wants to save her reputation/marriage
    quiere salvar su reputación/matrimonio
    rescue workers saved 20 people from the burning house
    los trabajadores del servicio de salvamento rescataron a 20 personas del incendio
    to save something/somebody from something/-ing
    salvar algo/a alguien de algo/ + infinitive
    to save somebody from defeat/disaster
    salvar a alguien de la derrota/del desastre
    you saved me from drowning/falling
    me salvaste de ahogarme/caerme
    you saved me from making a fool of myself
    gracias a ti no hice el ridículo
    to save somebody from herself/himself
    impedir que alguien siga haciéndose daño
    God save the King/Queen!
    ¡Dios salve or guarde al Rey/a la Reina!
    to save the situation to save one's bacon or neck or skin [colloquial]
    salvar el pellejo [colloquial]
    he'd do anything to save his own neck or skin or bacon
    haría cualquier cosa con tal de salvar el pellejo
    save it! (US) [colloquial]
    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.
    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.
    1.2 (redeem)
    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.
  • 2 2.1 (be economical with)
    it saves (me) a lot of time/work
    (me) ahorra mucho tiempo/trabajo
    you can save a lot of money buying a season ticket
    se ahorra mucho dinero comprando un abono
    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.
    2.2 (spare, avoid)
    these machines save labor
    estas máquinas ahorran trabajo
    to save (somebody) something/-ingshe recorded the lecture to save having to take notes
    grabó la conferencia para ahorrarse tener que tomar apuntes
    drip-drying the shirts saves ironing them
    si dejas escurrir las camisas, te evitas or te ahorras tener que plancharlas
    it will save you a journey or your having to make another journey
    te ahorrarás un viaje or tener que hacer otro viaje
    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.
  • 3 3.1 (keep, put aside)
    we've saved $5,000 so far
    hasta ahora hemos ahorrado 5.000 dólares
    don't eat it now; save it for later
    no te lo comas ahora; déjalo para luego
    save a slice for me, save me a slice
    guárdame un trozo
    I'm saving this dress for best
    este vestido lo reservo para las ocasiones especiales
    save my place save me some space at the bottom of the page
    déjame sitio al final de la página
    I'm saving the tokens
    colecciono or estoy juntando los vales
    to save oneself for somebody/something
    reservarse para alguien/algo
    to save one's energy/strength
    guardarse las energías/las fuerzas
    to save something till (the) last
    dejar algo para el final
    to save one's breath [colloquial]
    no gastar saliva [colloquial]
    3.2 (Computing)
    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.
  • 4 (Sport)
    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.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (put money aside) 1.2 (economize) to save on something
    ahorrar algo
    to save on fuel
    ahorrar combustible
  • 3 3.1 (wait) [colloquial]
    will it save for a few days?
    ¿puede esperar unos días?
    3.2 (keep) (US)
    aguantar [colloquial]


  • to make a save
    hacer una parada
    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.

Phrasal verbs

save up

1verb + adverb I'm saving up for a car/to buy a car
estoy ahorrando para (comprarme) un coche
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
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  • 2save for (if it were not for)he would have died, save for the fact that …
    se habría muerto, si no hubiera sido porque … or de no haber sido porque …


  • [archaic]save that
    de no haber sido porque
    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.
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