To save is to keep safe. So, you might save money for college, save a kitten from drowning, or save a dropped football.

You can save a choking person by giving them the Heimlich maneuver, or save a stray puppy from running into the street. There are other ways to save things, too, like when you keep them for later: "You can eat your brownie, but I'll save mine until after dinner." Or when you spend less money: "I'll save by buying this at the used book store." The Latin root is salvus, "safe."

Definitions of save
  1. verb
    bring into safety
    synonyms: bring through, carry through, pull through
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    deliver, rescue
    free from harm or evil
    relieve, salvage, salve
    save from ruin, destruction, or harm
    relieve temporarily
  2. verb
    save from ruin, destruction, or harm
    synonyms: relieve, salvage, salve
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    type of:
    deliver, rescue
    free from harm or evil
  3. verb
    save from sins
    synonyms: deliver, redeem
  4. verb
    refrain from harming
    synonyms: spare
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    favor, favour
    treat gently or carefully
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    forbear, refrain
    resist doing something
  5. noun
    (sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring
    “the goalie made a brilliant save
    “the relief pitcher got credit for a save
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    type of:
    bar, prevention
    the act of preventing
  6. verb
    to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
    “She saved the old family photographs in a drawer”
    synonyms: preserve
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
    conserve, economise, economize, husband
    use cautiously and frugally
    chalk up, tally
    keep score, as in games
    clock in, clock on, punch in
    register one's arrival at work
    record, tape
    register electronically
    make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library
    display, as of records in sports games
    ring up
    to perform and record a sale on a cash register
    record in a ship's manifest
    write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
    record in chronological order; make a historical record
    file, file away
    place in a container for keeping records
    record in detail
    enter into a log, as on ships and planes
    clock up, log up
    record a distance travelled; on planes and cars
    film, shoot, take
    make a film or photograph of something
    tape, videotape
    record on videotape
    photograph, shoot, snap
    record on photographic film
    mark, score
    make underscoring marks
    notch a surface to record something
    keep, maintain
    maintain by writing regular records
    record in film
    tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
    record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
    record a charge in a police register
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    hold on, keep
    retain possession of
  7. verb
    make unnecessary an expenditure or effort
    “This will save money”
    “I'll save you the trouble”
    “This will save you a lot of time”
    synonyms: make unnecessary
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    forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, preempt, prevent
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  8. verb
    accumulate money for future use
    “He saves half his salary”
    synonyms: lay aside, save up
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    cache, hive up, hoard, lay away, squirrel away, stash
    save up as for future use
  9. verb
    spend less; buy at a reduced price
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    scrimp, skimp, stint
    subsist on a meager allowance
  10. verb
    spend sparingly, avoid the waste of
    “This move will save money”
    synonyms: economise, economize
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    tighten one's belt
    live frugally and use less resources
    type of:
    drop, expend, spend
    pay out
  11. verb
    retain rights to
    synonyms: hold open, keep, keep open
    hold on, keep
    retain possession of
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    book, hold, reserve
    arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
  12. verb
    record data on a computer
    synonyms: write
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    write new data on top of existing data and thus erase the previously existing data
    type of:
    record, tape
    register electronically
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