save

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."

Primary Meanings of save

1.
vn
bring into safety
(sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring
2.
v
to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
3.
v
record data on a computer
Full Definitions of save
1

v bring into safety

Synonyms:
bring through, carry through, pull through
Types:
deliver, rescue
free from harm or evil
relieve, salvage, salve
save from ruin, destruction, or harm
reprieve
relieve temporarily

v save from ruin, destruction, or harm

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

v save from sins

Synonyms:
deliver, redeem

v refrain from harming

Synonyms:
spare
Types:
favor, favour
treat gently or carefully
Type of:
forbear, refrain
resist doing something

n (sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring

“the goalie made a brilliant save
“the relief pitcher got credit for a save
Type of:
bar, prevention
the act of preventing
2

v to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

“She saved the old family photographs in a drawer”
Synonyms:
preserve
Types:
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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
accession
make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library
post
display, as of records in sports games
ring up
to perform and record a sale on a cash register
manifest
record in a ship's manifest
inscribe
write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
chronicle
record in chronological order; make a historical record
file, file away
place in a container for keeping records
document
record in detail
log
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
notch a surface to record something
keep, maintain
maintain by writing regular records
film
record in film
retrench
tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
register
record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
book
record a charge in a police register
Type of:
hold on, keep
retain possession of

v 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
Type of:
forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent
keep from happening or arising; make impossible

v accumulate money for future use

“He saves half his salary”
Synonyms:
lay aside, save up
Types:
cache, hive up, hoard, lay away, squirrel away, stash
save up as for future use

v spend less; buy at a reduced price

Types:
scrimp, skimp, stint
subsist on a meager allowance

v spend sparingly, avoid the waste of

“This move will save money”
Synonyms:
economise, economize
Types:
tighten one's belt
live frugally and use less resources
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out

v retain rights to

Synonyms:
hold open, keep, keep open
hold on, keep
retain possession of
Type of:
book, hold, reserve
arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
3

v record data on a computer

Synonyms:
write
Types:
overwrite
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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