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.

Primary Meanings of salvage

1.
nv
the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire
save from ruin, destruction, or harm
2.
v
collect discarded or refused material
Full Definitions of salvage
1

n the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire

Type of:
deliverance, delivery, rescue, saving
recovery or preservation from loss or danger

n the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction

Type of:
deliverance, delivery, rescue, saving
recovery or preservation from loss or danger

n property or goods saved from damage or destruction

Type of:
commodity, good, trade good
articles of commerce
belongings, holding, property
something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone

v save from ruin, destruction, or harm

Synonyms:
relieve, salve, save
Type of:
deliver, rescue
free from harm or evil
2

v collect discarded or refused material

Synonyms:
scavenge
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

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