Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: salver, from Late Latin salvare, from Latin salvus; SAFE1


1 verb
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from harm/danger

[transitive] 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 rainforests
save somebody/something from something
He saved the child from drowning.


also save up [intransitive and transitive]BFB 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.

not waste

[transitive] also save on something to use less money, time, energy etc so that you do not waste any [≠ 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 bills
energy-saving/time-saving etc
money-saving ideas

to use later

[transitive] 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.


[transitive] also save something ↔ up 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.

help to avoid

[transitive] 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.

keep for somebody

[transitive] 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.


[intransitive and 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?


[intransitive and transitive]DS to stop the other team from scoring in a game such as football:
The goalkeeper just managed to save the shot.

you saved my life

spoken used to thank someone who has helped you out of a difficult situation or solved a problem for you:
Thanks again for the loan - you really saved my life.

save somebody's skin/neck/bacon

informal to help someone to escape from an extremely difficult or dangerous situation:
He lied in court to save his own skin.

save the day

to stop things from going badly and make a situation end successfully:
A local businessman saved the day by donating £30,000 to the school.

save face

to do something that will stop you from looking stupid or feeling embarrassed:
A compromise must be found which will allow both sides in the dispute to save face.

saving grace

the one good thing that makes someone or something acceptable:
His sense of humour was his only saving grace.

somebody can't do something to save his/her life

informal to be completely unable to do something:
He couldn't draw to save his life!

save your breath

spoken used to tell someone that it is not worth saying anything, because nothing they say will make any difference to the situation:
I tried to explain, but she told me to save my breath.

save somebody from themselves

to prevent someone from doing something that they want to do but that you think is harmful


[intransitive and 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.
WORD FOCUS: computer WORD FOCUS: computer
people who work with computers: user, programmer, web designer, IT person, software engineer, (systems) analyst, administrator, webmaster, helpdesk, techie informal, geek disapproving informal

someone who tries to break into a computer system: hacker, cracker

things you do with your computer: start up/power up your computer
a file or document
click on
an icon
cut and paste
pieces of text
files or programs
scroll up and down
the page
things you do not want
files or pictures from the Internet
CDs or DVDs
a file or document
your work
shut down
your computer

computer problems: bug, virus, error, corrupted file/data, crash, worm

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