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save

verb
 
 
/seɪv/
MAKE SAFE [T] B1 to stop someone or something from being killed or destroyed: He was badly injured, but the doctors saved his life. She saved the children from drowning. He had to borrow money to save his business.Preserving and savingDefending and protecting
MONEY [I, T] ( also save up) A2 to keep money so that you can buy something with it in the future: We've saved almost $900 for our wedding. Michael's saving up for a new computer.Preserving and savingDefending and protectingBanks and bank accountsKeeping and storing things
KEEP [T] A2 to keep something to use in the future: I've saved some food for you. She saved her black dress for special occasions.Preserving and savingDefending and protectingKeeping and storing things
save money/space/time, etc B1 to reduce the amount of money/space/time, etc that you have to use: You'll save time by doing it yourself.Keeping and storing things
save sb (from) doing sth B1 to help someone avoid having to do something: We'll eat in a restaurant - it'll save you having to cook.Helping and co-operatingAvoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
save files/work, etc A2 to store work or information electronically on or from a computerPreserving and savingDefending and protectingComputer conceptsKeeping and storing things
save a goal to prevent a player from scoring a goal: He saved two goals in the last minute of the game. →  See also save the day , lose/save face General terms used in ball sportsFootball/soccerGeneral terms used in ball sports
(Definition of save verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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