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"save" in British English

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saveverb

uk   us   /seɪv/
  • save verb (MAKE SAFE)

B1 [T] to ​stop someone or something from being ​killed, ​injured, or ​destroyed: Wearing ​seatbelts has saved many ​lives. He ​fell in the ​river but his ​friend saved him fromdrowning. He had to ​borrowmoney to save his ​business. He was ​desperatelytrying to save ​theirfailingmarriage. We all need to do ​ourpart to save the ​planet. The ​formertennischampion 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 ​unpleasantsituation: Thanks for ​helping me with that ​report - you saved my ​life!

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  • save verb (KEEP)

A2 [I or T] to ​keep something, ​especiallymoney, for use in the ​future: Tom's been saving his ​pocketmoney every ​week. We're saving (up) for a new ​car. I save all my ​oldletters in ​case I ​want to ​read them again. Save me a ​place at ​yourtable, OK?A2 [I or T] to put ​information into a computer's ​memory or onto a ​computerdisk: Don't ​forget to save ​yourworkregularly. To save, ​press Control S.

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  • save verb (NOT WASTE)

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

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savenoun [C]

uk   us   /seɪv/

savepreposition

uk   us   /seɪv/ (also save for) formal or old-fashioned
(Definition of save from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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saveverb

 us   /seɪv/
  • save verb (MAKE SAFE)

[T] to make or ​keep someone or something ​safe from ​danger or ​harm, or to ​bring something back to a ​satisfactorycondition: She ​jumped into the ​pool and saved the ​child from ​drowning. His ​leg was ​partlycrushed in the ​accident but the ​surgeon was ​able to save it. Smoke ​detectors can save ​lives.
  • save verb (KEEP)

[I/T] to ​keepmoney or something ​else for use in the ​future: [I] I’m saving (up) for a new ​bike and I’ve got ​almost $100. [T] If you save the ​receipts from ​yourbusinesstrip, the ​company will ​reimburse you. [T] I ​forgot to get ​milk – will you save my ​place in ​line while I get it? [I/T] technology To save ​information on a ​computer is to ​store it in a ​computerfile.
  • save verb (NOT WASTE)

[I/T] to ​preventtime, ​money, or ​effort from being ​lost or ​spent, or to ​help someone by taking an ​action to ​preventtime, ​money, etc., from being ​lost: [T] You’ll save ​time if you take the ​car. [T] The ​governorclaims he can save the ​taxpayers $10 million a ​year. [T] If you’d ​stop and ​pick up the ​kids on ​your way ​home, it will save me from having to do it ​later.
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savenoun [C]

 us   /seɪv/
  • save noun [C] (SPORTS)

(in some ​sports) the ​stopping of the ​ball or other ​object from going into the ​goal you are ​defending: We ​watched a ​soccergame on TV, and the ​goalie made several ​spectacular saves.

savepreposition

 us   /seɪv/ (also save for,  /ˈseɪv·fɔr, -fər/ )
  • save preposition (EXCEPT)

but or except (for): They ​found all the ​lostdocuments save one. The ​walls were ​bare save for a ​poster.
(Definition of save from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"save" in Business English

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saveverb [I or T]

uk   us   /seɪv/
FINANCE to ​keepmoney so that you can use it in the future: save (up) for sth They are saving for a ​deposit on a ​house.save (sth) to do sth His father saved enough ​money to ​open a ​grocerystore.
to ​avoid using or ​wasting something such as ​time, ​money, or ​effort: save ​energy/​money/​time By ​combining those ​operations, the ​organizations will save $1.5 million ​annually.save sb sth Thanks for your ​help - it saved me a lot of ​work. The ​upgradedbondratings could save the city $10 million.save on sth If ​people do not want ​paperbilling, we save on ​mailingcosts.
IT to put ​information on a ​computer onto a ​computerdisk: save sth to sth Save the ​file to the hard ​disk.save sth as sth The ​plug-inlets you save ​files as ​MP3s. When you are ​working on the ​computer, make sure that you save ​regularly.
save (sb's) face to ​avoid or ​help someone ​avoid seeming stupid or being embarrassed: The ​industry is simply ​trying to save face by ​dropping a ​lawsuit they ​realize is a ​loser.
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