savesave1 /seɪv/ ●●●S1W1 verb1from harm/danger [transitive]SAVE/RESCUE to make someone or something safe from danger, harm, or destruction → rescueEmergency aid could save millions threatened with starvation.a new treatment that could save his lifeShe was determined to save her marriage.the campaign to save the rain forestssave somebody/something from somethingHe saved the child from drowning.► see thesaurus at protect, rescue2money [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 timeHe managed to save enough to buy a small house.So far, I’ve saved about £500.save forI’m saving up for a new car. →saver3not waste [transitive] (also save on something)WASTE something to use less money, time, energy etc so that you do not waste any opp wasteWe’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 etcmoney-saving ideas4to use later [transitive]SAVE something TO USE LATER to keep something so that you can use or enjoy it in the futureWe’ll save the rest of the food and have it later.save something for somethingI had a bottle of champagne which I’d been saving for a special occasion.5collect [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 themI’m saving up vouchers to get a cheap air ticket to the States.6help to avoid [transitive]AVOID to help someone by making it unnecessary for them to do something that they do not want to doIf you lent me £5, it would save me a trip to the bank.save somebody doing somethingI’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.
7keep for somebody [transitive]KEEP/STORE to stop people from using something so that it is available for someone elseWill you save me a seat?save something for somebodyWe’ll save some dinner for you if you’re late.8computer [intransitive, transitive]TD to make a computer keep the work that you have done on itDon’t forget to save before you close the file.Did you save the changes that you made?9sport [intransitive, transitive]DS to stop the other team from scoring in a game such as footballThe 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 themselves18religion [intransitive, transitive]RRC in the Christianchurch, to free someone from the power of evil and bring them into the Christian religionJesus 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.
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 puttinggraypowder 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.
savesave2 noun [countable]DSan action in which a player in a game such as football prevents the other team from scoringMartin made a brilliant save from Nichol’s shot.
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save• Len Barrie had the Panthers' other goal against Martin Brodeur, who had 22 saves.• Pat Gavin had a good scoring chance but Stephen Pears brought off a brilliantsave.• A few days before the midairsave, another orb had been successfully recovered after a gentle landing in the sea.• San Jose goalie Chris Terreri stopped Perreault with a padsave.• Muir's nimblefootworkmerited a second Rovers goal at the start of the second half but Heald's save prevented it.• Whitehead's save kept his team in the game.• Pears pulled off the save of the match from a Garry Nelson header in the opening minutes.• If the team is good and I make one or two or three saves, they will all be important.made ... save• Fred Barbermade a good save from Robbie Mustoe when Ripley crossed into the middle.• Forrest made another fine save, tipping Atkinson's 30-yard shot over his bar.• And the goalkeepermade a brilliant save to tip Philliskirk's long-range shot over the bar.• As it turned out, Rhodes had made the save.• Zeus thrustenormousenemies into darkness; he made and saved the classical family of gods.• Sharks goalie Chris Terreri made 39 saves.• It was made to save the Government some embarrassment.savesave3 (also save for) preposition formalEXCEPTexceptShe answered all the questions save one.save thatLittle is known about his early life, save that he had a brother.► see thesaurus at except
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save• The fee covers everything, save one dinner.save that• However effectiveinteractivevideo is in training, it is this kind of tenfold cost saving that is its most influentialargument.• It expects to save that much each year by operating in Golden.• There is realgratitude in the eyes of the lady whose life has probably been saved that night.• By every index available, save that of men in arms, the United States was the strongest nation in the world.• Whenever there was a balletadvertisement or review, he saved thatpage for her.• The old live on what they have been forced to save and the additionalsaving that they have voluntarily done.• A lot of public funds could have been saved that way.• Can't we save that woman?From Longman Business Dictionarysavesave /seɪv/ verb1 (also save something → up) [intransitive, transitive]FINANCE to keep or collect money to use later, especially when you gradually add more money over a period of timeShe saves £200 a month from her salary.We want to increase incentives to work, save, and invest.save forI’m saving up for a new car.save to do somethingAfter three years he had saved up enough to fly to Australia.2[transitive] to use less money, time, energy etc, so that you do not waste anyThe Bank expects to save $1.4 million a year with the job cuts.new energy-saving technologysave somebody somethingAn experienced tax professional can save you time and trouble.3[intransitive, transitive]COMPUTING to make a computer keep the work that you have done in its permanentmemoryYou transfer information to permanent disk storage by saving your file.Don’t forget to save every few minutes.→ See Verb table