AskDefine | Define save

Dictionary Definition

save n : (sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring; "the goalie made a brilliant save"; "the relief pitcher got credit for a save"


1 save from ruin, destruction, or harm [syn: salvage, salve, relieve]
2 to keep up and reserve for personal or special use; "She saved the old family photographs in a drawer" [syn: preserve]
3 bring into safety; "We pulled through most of the victims of the bomb attack" [syn: carry through, pull through, bring through]
4 spend less; buy at a reduced price
5 feather one's nest; have a nest egg; "He saves half his salary" [syn: lay aside, save up]
6 make unnecessary an expenditure or effort; "This will save money"; "I'll save you the trouble"; "This will save you a lot of time" [syn: make unnecessary]
7 save from sins [syn: deliver, redeem]
8 refrain from harming [syn: spare]
9 spend sparingly, avoid the waste of; "This move will save money"; "The less fortunate will have to economize now" [syn: economize, economise]
10 retain rights to; "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger" [syn: keep open, hold open, keep]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /seɪv/, /seIv/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪv


  1. In various sports, a block that prevents an opponent from scoring.
    The goaltender made a great save.
  2. When a relief pitcher comes into a game with a 3 run or less lead, and his team wins while continually being ahead.
    Jones retired seven to earn the save.
  3. In the context of "professional wrestling|slang": A point in a professional wrestling match when one or more wrestlers run to the ring to aid a fellow wrestler who is being beaten.
    The giant wrestler continued to beat down his smaller opponent, until several wrestlers ran in for the save.
block that prevents an opponent from scoring
  • Norwegian: redning


  1. To help (somebody) to survive, or keep (somebody) from harm.
  2. To keep (something) safe; to safeguard.
  3. To store for future use.
  4. To conserve or prevent the wasting of.
  5. To obviate or make unnecessary.
  6. In the context of "transitive|computing": To copy (a file) to disk.
  7. In the context of "transitive|theology": To redeem or protect someone from eternal damnation.
  8. To economize or avoid waste.
  9. In the context of "transitive|and|intransitive": To accumulate money or valuables.


to help someone to survive
store for future use
accumulate money


  1. Except; with the exception of.


except, with the exception of


  1. unless; except

Derived terms




  1. to know
  2. to understand
  3. to make a practice or habit of

Extensive Definition

Save may refer to:
A place:
Saved may refer to:

See also

save in German: Save (Begriffsklärung)
save in French: Save
save in Italian: Saved
save in Japanese: セーブ
save in Polish: Save

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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