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salvage

To salvage something is to save it...before it's too late. You might try to salvage your damaged reputation by defending yourself, or salvage a burnt piece of toast by scraping off the black residue.

As a noun salvage is the act of rescuing stuff from a disaster like a shipwreck or fire — or the rescued goods themselves. As a verb, salvage means to collect or rescue that sort of item, or more generally to save something from harm or ruin. If you want to salvage your grade, you need to stop gaming so much and start studying more.

Definitions of salvage
  1. noun
    the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire
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    type of:
    deliverance, delivery, rescue, saving
    recovery or preservation from loss or danger
  2. noun
    the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction
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    type of:
    deliverance, delivery, rescue, saving
    recovery or preservation from loss or danger
  3. noun
    property or goods saved from damage or destruction
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    type of:
    commodity, good, trade good
    articles of commerce
    belongings, holding, property
    something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone
  4. verb
    save from ruin, destruction, or harm
    synonyms: relieve, salve, save
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    type of:
    deliver, rescue
    free from harm or evil
  5. verb
    collect discarded or refused material
    synonyms: scavenge
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    type of:
    collect, garner, gather, pull together
    assemble or get together
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