Pronunciation Noun

save (plural saves)

  1. In various sports, a block that prevents an opponent from scoring.
    The goaltender made a great save.
  2. (baseball) When a relief pitcher comes into a game leading by 3 points (runs) or less, and his team wins while continually being ahead.
    Jones retired seven to earn the save.
  3. (professional wrestling, slang) A point in a professional wrestling match when one or more wrestlers run to the ring to aid a fellow wrestler who is being beaten.
    The giant wrestler continued to beat down his smaller opponent, until several wrestlers ran in for the save.
  4. (computing) The act, process, or result of saving data to a storage medium.
    If you're hit by a power cut, you'll lose all of your changes since your last save.
    The game console can store up to eight saves on a single cartridge.
  5. (RPG) A saving throw.
Translations Translations Verb

save (saves, present participle saving; past and past participle saved)

  1. (transitive) To prevent harm or difficulty.
    1. To help (somebody) to survive, or rescue (somebody or something) from harm.
      She was saved from drowning by a passer-by.
      We were able to save a few of our possessions from the house fire.
    2. To keep (something) safe; to safeguard.
      • {{RQ:Milton PL|book=3|passage=Thou hast […] quitted all to save / A world from utter loss.
    3. To spare (somebody) from effort, or from something undesirable.
      • 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 2, scene i]:
        I'll save you / That labour, sir. All's now done.
    4. (theology) To redeem or protect someone from eternal damnation.
      Jesus Christ came to save sinners.
    5. (sports) To catch or deflect (a shot at goal).
      • 2012, Chelsea 6-0 Wolves ↗
        Chelsea's youngsters, who looked lively throughout, then combined for the second goal in the seventh minute. Romeu's shot was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Dorus De Vries but Piazon kept the ball alive and turned it back for an unmarked Bertrand to blast home.
  2. To put aside, to avoid.
    1. (transitive) To store for future use.
      Let's save the packaging in case we need to send the product back.
    2. (transitive) To conserve or prevent the wasting of.
      Save electricity by turning off the lights when you leave the room.
      • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part I, London: Collins, →ISBN:
        An indulgent playmate, Grannie would lay aside the long scratchy-looking letter she was writing (heavily crossed ‘to save notepaper’) and enter into the delightful pastime of ‘a chicken from Mr Whiteley's’.
    3. (transitive) To obviate or make unnecessary.
      • Will you not speak to save a lady's blush?
    4. (transitive, intransitive, computing, video games) To write a file to disk or other storage medium.
      Where did I save that document? I can't find it on the desktop.
    5. (intransitive) To economize or avoid waste.
    6. (transitive and intransitive) To accumulate money or valuables.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Preposition
  1. Except; with the exception of.
Synonyms Translations Conjunction
  1. (dated) unless; except
    • 2009, Nicolas Brooke (translator), French Code of Civil Procedure in English 2008, Article 1 of Book One, quoted after: 2016, Laverne Jacobs and Sasha Baglay, The Nature of Inquisitorial Processes in Administrative Regimes: Global Perspectives, published by Routledge (first published in 2013 by Ashgate Publishing), p. 8:
      Only the parties may institute proceedings, save where the law shall provide otherwise.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
      Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.

Proper noun
  1. A river in southeastern Africa that flows about 400 km (250 mi) from south of Harare in Zimbabwe, through Mozambique, to the Indian Ocean.
  2. A river in southern France that flows about 143 km (89 mi) from the Pyrenees to the Garonne at Grenade.
  • (river in Africa) Sabi
  • French: Savé
  • German: Save
  • Portuguese: Save
  • Russian: Саве

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