Definition of “save” - English Dictionary

“save” in British English

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saveverb

uk /seɪv/ us /seɪv/

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.
We all need to do our part 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!

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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, OK?

A2 [ I or T ] to put information into a computer's memory or onto a computer disk:

Don't forget to save your work regularly.
To save, press Control S.

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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.
informal Can you save it for later (= tell me your news later when I am less busy)?

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savenoun [ C ]

uk /seɪv/ us /seɪv/

savepreposition

uk /seɪv/ us /seɪv/ also save for formal or old-fashioned

(Definition of “save” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“save” in American English

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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 satisfactory condition:

She jumped into the pool and saved the child from drowning.
His leg was partly crushed in the accident but the surgeon was able to save it.
Smoke detectors can save lives.

save verb (KEEP)

[ I/T ] to keep money 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 your business trip, 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 computer file.

save verb (NOT WASTE)

[ I/T ] to prevent time, money, or effort from being lost or spent, or to help someone by taking an action to prevent time, money, etc., from being lost:

[ T ] You’ll save time if you take the car.
[ T ] The governor claims 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 soccer game 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 lost documents 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 /seɪv/ us

FINANCE to keep money 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 grocery store.

to avoid using or wasting something such as time, money, or effort:

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 upgraded bond ratings could save the city $10 million.
save on sth If people do not want paper billing, we save on mailing costs.

IT to put information on a computer onto a computer disk:

save sth to sth Save the file to the hard disk.
save sth as sth The plug-in lets 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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(Definition of “save” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)