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save

verb uk   /seɪv/ us  

save verb (MAKE SAFE)

B1 [T] to stop someone or something from being killed, injured, or destroyed: Wearing seat belts has saved many lives. He fell in the river but his friend saved him from drowning. He had to borrow money to save his business. He was desperately trying to save their failing marriage. We all need to do our bit to save the planet. The former tennis champion was now serving to save the match (= to win the next point so that the other player did not win this part of the competition). save sb's life B1 to stop someone from being killed informal to help someone escape from a difficult or unpleasant situation: Thanks for helping me with that report - you saved my life!

save verb (KEEP)

A2 [I or T] to keep something, especially money, for use in the future: Tom's been saving his pocket money every week. We're saving (up) for a new car. I save all my old letters in case I want to read them again. Save me a place at your table, will you? A2 [T] to put information on a computer onto a computer disk

save verb (NOT WASTE)

B1 [I or T] to prevent time, money, or effort being wasted or spent: You'll save time if you take the car. [+ two objects] Thanks for your help - it saved me a lot of work. [+ -ing verb] I'll lend you a bag for your trip - it'll save you buying one specially.informal Can you save it for later (= tell me your news later when I am less busy)?

save verb (SPORT)

B2 [T] in football and similar games, to stop the ball from going into the goal when a player on the other team has kicked or hit it

save

noun [C] uk   /seɪv/ us  
in football or similar games, when a player stops the ball from going into the goal when it is hit or kicked by a player from the other team: The goalkeeper made a great save in the last minute of the match.

save

preposition uk   /seɪv/ (also save for) formal or old-fashioned us  
but or except for: They found all the lost documents save one.
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