From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsavesave1 /seɪv/ ●●● S1 W1 verb 1 from harm/danger [transitive]SAVE/RESCUE to make someone or something safe from danger, harm, or destruction → rescue Emergency aid could save millions threatened with starvation. a new treatment that could save his life She was determined to save her marriage. the campaign to save the rain forestssave somebody/something from something He saved the child from drowning.► see thesaurus at protect, rescue2 money [intransitive, transitive] (also save up)BFBSAVE MONEY to keep money in a bank so that you can use it later, especially when you gradually add more money over a period of time He managed to save enough to buy a small house. So far, I’ve saved about £500.save for I’m saving up for a new car. → saver3 not waste [transitive] (also save on something)WASTE something to use less money, time, energy etc so that you do not waste any opp waste We’ll save a lot of time if we go by car. Everyone is being encouraged to save energy. ways to save money on heating billsenergy-saving/time-saving etc money-saving ideas4 to use later [transitive]SAVE something TO USE LATER to keep something so that you can use or enjoy it in the future We’ll save the rest of the food and have it later.save something for something I had a bottle of champagne which I’d been saving for a special occasion.5 collect [transitive] (also save something ↔ up)SAVE something TO USE LATER to keep all the objects of a particular kind that you can find, so that you can use them I’m saving up vouchers to get a cheap air ticket to the States.6 help to avoid [transitive]AVOID to help someone by making it unnecessary for them to do something that they do not want to do If you lent me £5, it would save me a trip to the bank.save somebody doing something I’ll take the shopping home in the car to save you carrying it.save somebody the trouble/bother (of doing something) I’ll get a taxi from the station to save you the trouble of coming to collect me. 7 keep for somebody [transitive]KEEP/STORE to stop people from using something so that it is available for someone else Will you save me a seat?save something for somebody We’ll save some dinner for you if you’re late.8 computer [intransitive, transitive]TD to make a computer keep the work that you have done on it Don’t forget to save before you close the file. Did you save the changes that you made?9 sport [intransitive, transitive]DS to stop the other team from scoring in a game such as football The goalkeeper just managed to save the shot.10 → you saved my life11 → save somebody’s skin/neck/bacon12 → save the day13 → save face14 → saving grace15 → somebody can’t do something to save his/her life16 → save your breath17 → save somebody from themselves18 religion [intransitive, transitive]RRC in the Christian church, to free someone from the power of evil and bring them into the Christian religion Jesus came to save sinners.THESAURUSsave to gradually collect money by not spending all the money you have, especially when you regularly put some of it in a bankShe doesn’t earn much, but she still manages to save a few dollars each week.We’re saving for a deposit to buy a house.set/put aside to regularly save part of the money you earn, especially over a long period of timeYou should start setting aside part of your earnings as retirement savings.scrimp and save to try to save money by spending less on the things you need and by saving what you can, especially when you do not earn very muchMy parents scrimped and saved for years to send me to college.squirrel something away informal to keep something, especially money, in a safe place to be used laterI wanted to surprise her, so I squirreled away a couple of dollars a week to spend on a present.economize to spend less money by buying only the things that you really need, or by buying cheaper thingsWeddings can be expensive, but you can economize by doing some things yourself. → See Verb table
Examples from the Corpussave• money-saving coupons• It's a low-paid job, but she still manages to save a few dollars each week.• How long did it take you to save all that money?• Estimates of the amount of money saved by the taxpayer over the five-year period vary widely.• The Everqueen is saved by Tyrion.• She planned to work until she had saved enough money to attend nursing school in Nashville.• We can save fifteen minutes by taking the expressway.• They've already started saving for their next vacation.• Michael was saved from choking to death by Susie.• Officer McCarthy had saved her from a savage attack in the park.• The President had been shot from close range. It was only his bullet-proof vest that saved him.• Ben would have died in the blaze if a fireman hadn't saved him.• Did he give it to save his own neck?• I find it very difficult to save - I just spend everything I get.• Don't throw the wrapping paper away - I'm going to save it and use it again.• We're trying to save money to buy a house.• Financial experts are trying to save one of Britain's biggest holiday companies from bankruptcy.• Save the chicken bones to make stock later.• Environmentalists are campaigning to save the white rhinoceros from extinction.• Bob and Martha worked hard to save their marriage, for the sake of the children.• The first order of business is for the guys to save themselves from the elements, starvation, and that darn bear.• My grandmother saved up all her old magazines.• Was this a massive bribe to save Will from a charge of infanticide and possibly the gallows?• Even a few dollars worth of prevention can save you thousands and keep you in business.• Wearing a seat belt can help save your life.• Save your work and close down any applications that are open.save somebody/something from something• The children campaigned to save the playground from being closed.• Neighbors were able to save both children from the fire.save for• I'm saving up for a trip to Europe.save somebody the trouble/bother (of doing something)• Manny says, saving Primo the trouble.• Said he'd save me the trouble.• It saves me the trouble of going after you.• Why not send government poll-takers door to door, saving voters the trouble of having to remember when Election Day falls?• It saved her the trouble of putting gray powder in her hair.• Blyth saved me the trouble of suggesting a game of football by doing it himself.• This time there was plenty of evidence that could have saved him the trouble of the trip.save something for somebody• Kate asked us to save some dinner for her.