Meaning of “save” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /seɪv/
Extra Examples
He risked his life to save me.An airbag could save your life in the event of an accident.Doctors did everything humanly possible to save her life.Doctors saved the man by carrying out a blood transfusion.They formulated a plan to save the company.

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

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