Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “salvage”

See all translations

salvage

verb [T] uk   /ˈsæl.vɪdʒ/ us  
to save goods from damage or destruction, especially from a ship that has sunk or been damaged or a building that has been damaged by fire or a flood: gold coins salvaged from a shipwreck After the fire, there wasn't much furniture left worth salvaging. to try to make a bad situation better: It was a desperate attempt to salvage the situation. After the fraud scandal he had to make great efforts to salvage his reputation.
salvage
noun [U] uk   us  
They mounted a salvage operation after the fire.
salvageable
adjective uk   /-ə.bl̩/ us  
There is nothing that is salvageable in the building - we have lost everything.
(Definition of salvage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of salvage?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “salvage” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lamb

a young sheep, or the flesh of a young sheep eaten as meat

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More