Meaning of “save” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /seɪv/

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
save files/work, etc
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

(Definition of “save verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)