Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “salvage”


verb [T]     /ˈsælvɪdʒ/
FROM PLACE to save things from a place where other things have been damaged or lost : gold coins salvaged from a shipwreck Preserving and savingDefending and protecting
FROM SITUATION to try to make a bad situation better : an attempt to salvage her reputation Preserving and savingDefending and protecting
(Definition of salvage verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “salvage”

Definitions of “salvage” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a situation in which two people are friends

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More