What does SAVE mean?

Definitions for SAVE

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. saveverb

    (sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring

    "the goalie made a brilliant save"; "the relief pitcher got credit for a save"

  2. salvage, salve, relieve, saveverb

    save from ruin, destruction, or harm

  3. save, preserveverb

    to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

    "She saved the old family photographs in a drawer"

  4. save, carry through, pull through, bring throughverb

    bring into safety

    "We pulled through most of the victims of the bomb attack"

  5. saveverb

    spend less; buy at a reduced price

  6. save, lay aside, save upverb

    accumulate money for future use

    "He saves half his salary"

  7. save, make unnecessaryverb

    make unnecessary an expenditure or effort

    "This will save money"; "I'll save you the trouble"; "This will save you a lot of time"

  8. deliver, redeem, saveverb

    save from sins

  9. spare, saveverb

    refrain from harming

  10. save, economize, economiseverb

    spend sparingly, avoid the waste of

    "This move will save money"; "The less fortunate will have to economize now"

  11. keep open, hold open, keep, saveverb

    retain rights to

    "keep my job for me while I give birth"; "keep my seat, please"; "keep open the possibility of a merger"

  12. write, saveverb

    record data on a computer

    "boot-up instructions are written on the hard disk"


  1. savenoun

    In various sports, a block that prevents an opponent from scoring.

    The goaltender made a great save.

  2. savenoun

    When a relief pitcher comes into a game with a 3 run or less lead, and his team wins while continually being ahead.

    Jones retired seven to earn the save.

  3. savenoun

    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. savenoun

    The act, process, or result of saving data to a storage medium.

  5. saveverb

    To help (somebody) to survive, or keep (somebody) from harm.

  6. saveverb

    To keep (something) safe; to safeguard.

  7. saveverb

    To store for future use.

  8. saveverb

    To conserve or prevent the wasting of.

  9. saveverb

    To obviate or make unnecessary.

  10. saveverb

    To write a file to disk or other storage medium.

  11. saveverb

    To redeem or protect someone from eternal damnation.

  12. saveverb

    To economize or avoid waste.

  13. saveverb

    To accumulate money or valuables.

  14. saveconjunction

    unless; except

  15. savepreposition

    Except; with the exception of.

    Only the parties may institute proceedings, save where the law shall provide otherwise.

  16. Etymology: (First attested 1175–1225) From saven, from sauver, from salvare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Saveadverb

    This word, adverbially used, is, like except, originally the imperative of the verb. Except; not including.

    But being all defeated, save a few,
    Rather than fly, or be captiv’d, herself she slew. Fa. Qu.

    All the conspirators, save only he,
    Did that they did in envy of great Cæsar. William Shakespeare.

    He never put down a near servant, save only Stanley, the lord chamberlain. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    How have I then with whom to hold converse,
    Save with the creatures which I made? John Milton.

  2. To SAVEverb

    Etymology: sauver, saulver, French; salvo, Latin.

    Let me die ere men can say God save the queen. William Shakespeare.

    One shall cry, yet cannot he answer, nor save him out of his trouble. Is. xlvi. 7.

    A wond’rous ark,
    To save himself and houshold from amidst
    A world devote to universal wreck. John Milton.

    We may be confident whatever he does is intended for our good, and whatever we interpret otherwise we can get nothing by repining, nor save any thing by resisting. William Temple.

    The circling streams, once thought but pools of blood,
    From dark oblivion Harvey’s name shall save. Dryden.

    Whatsoever we read in Scripture concerning the endless love and saving mercy which God sheweth towards his church, the only proper subject thereof is this church. Richard Hooker.

    There are some that will be saved, and some that will be damned. William Shakespeare.

    We are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe, to the saving of the soul. Heb. x. 39.

    His merits save them. John Milton.

    He who feareth God, and worketh righteousness, and perseveres in the faith and duties of our religion, shall certainly be saved. John Rogers.

    With your cost you terminate the cause,
    And save th’ expence of long litigious laws,
    Where suits are travers’d, and so little won,
    That he who conquers is but last undone. Dryden.

    He shall not feel quietness, he shall not save of that which he desired. Job xx. 20.

    Will you not speak to save a lady’s blush? Dryden.

    Our author saves me the comparison with tragedy. Dryd.

    These sinews are not so much unstrung,
    To fail me when my master should be serv’d;
    And when they are, then will I steal to death,
    Silent and unobserv’d, to save his tears. John Dryden, Don Sebast.

    How build, unbuild, contrive
    To save appearances; how gird the sphere
    With centrick and eccentrick. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    The same persons, who were chief confidents to Cromwell, foreseeing a restoration, seized the castles in Ireland, just saving the tide, and putting in a stock of merit sufficient. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Saveverb

    To be cheap.

    Brass ordnance saveth in the quantity of the material, and in the charge of mounting and carriage. Francis Bacon, Phys. Rem.


  1. save

    To save generally means to keep something safe or rescue it from harm or danger. It can also mean to set something aside for future use, such as money or resources, or to store data on a computer or digital device. Furthermore, it could mean to reduce or minimize the use or waste of something. The specific definition can vary based on the context it is used in.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Savenoun

    the herb sage, or salvia

  2. Saveadjective

    to make safe; to procure the safety of; to preserve from injury, destruction, or evil of any kind; to rescue from impending danger; as, to save a house from the flames

  3. Saveadjective

    specifically, to deliver from sin and its penalty; to rescue from a state of condemnation and spiritual death, and bring into a state of spiritual life

  4. Saveadjective

    to keep from being spent or lost; to secure from waste or expenditure; to lay up; to reserve

  5. Saveadjective

    to rescue from something undesirable or hurtful; to prevent from doing something; to spare

  6. Saveadjective

    to hinder from doing, suffering, or happening; to obviate the necessity of; to prevent; to spare

  7. Saveadjective

    to hold possession or use of; to escape loss of

  8. Saveverb

    to avoid unnecessary expense or expenditure; to prevent waste; to be economical

  9. Saveadjective

    except; excepting; not including; leaving out; deducting; reserving; saving

  10. Save

    except; unless

  11. Etymology: [See Sage the herb.]


  1. Save

    In baseball, a save is credited to a pitcher who finishes a game for the winning team under certain prescribed circumstances. The number of saves, or percentage of save opportunities successfully converted, is an oft-cited statistic of relief pitchers, particularly those in the closer role. It became an official Major League Baseball statistic in 1969. Mariano Rivera is MLB's all-time leader in regular season saves with 631.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Save

    sāv, v.t. to bring safe out of evil: to rescue: to reserve: to spare: to deliver from the power of sin and from its consequences: to husband: to hoard: to be in time for: to obviate, to prevent something worse.—v.i. to be economical.—prep. except.—adjs. Sav′able, Save′able.—ns. Sav′ableness; Save′-all, a contrivance intended to save anything from being wasted.—v.t. Save′guard (Spens.), to protect.—ns. Sā′ver, one who saves; Save′-rev′erence, or Sir-reverence, an apologetic phrase in conversation to cover anything offensive.—adj. Sā′ving, disposed to save or be economical: incurring no loss: preserving from wrong: frugal: implying a condition, as a saving clause: exceptional: (theol.) securing salvation.—prep. excepting.—n. that which is saved: (pl.) earnings.—adv. Sā′vingly, so as to secure salvation.—ns. Sā′vingness; Sā′vings-bank, a bank for the receipt of small deposits by poor persons, and their accumulation at compound interest.—Save appearances, to keep up an appearance of wealth, comfort, or propriety. [Fr. sauver—L. salvāresalvus, safe.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Save

    a tributary of the Danube, rises in the Julian Alps and flows SE. across Southern Austria till it joins the Danube at Belgrade after a course of 556 m., of which 366 are navigable.

Editors Contribution

  1. save

    A choice or function on a computer, laptop. app, website, system, technology or device that ensures the data we input or type is as we input

    We always ensure we save our data to ensure it is as we input it

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2021  

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  1. SAVE

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SAVE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Save is ranked #94311 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Save surname appeared 194 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Save.

    52.5% or 102 total occurrences were Asian.
    24.7% or 48 total occurrences were White.
    12.8% or 25 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    7.7% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SAVE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1680

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SAVE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #941

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SAVE' in Verbs Frequency: #190

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SAVE in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SAVE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of SAVE in a Sentence

  1. New Jersey.Adam Bates:

    Thousands of Afghan allies are urgently trying to save themselves and their families ; they shouldn't have to worry about unfounded smears from demagoguing politicians too.

  2. The DICK creators:

    Imagine dogecoin but, instead, one with a purpose, we are using the power of memes, the global phenomenon of memes, for a good cause. Instead of people just laughing, they will be involved in something funny which also... may save lives.

  3. Sajjad Malik:

    The virus doesn’t distinguish between a national and a refugee. So, if you don’t protect and save your refugee population it becomes a public health issue.

  4. Jimmy Borah:

    Many collectors are willing topay thousands of dollars or more for the rarest, most unique and mostendangered species, often buying them at the region’s illegal wildlife markets, especially in the Golden Triangle region where China, Laos, Thailand and Myanmarmeet, to save them, it’s crucial thatwe improve enforcement against poaching and close illegal wildlife markets aswell as the tiger and bear farms that openly flaunt wildlife laws.

  5. Keith Bernhardt:

    If you save $10,000, you'll lose just $600 in financial aid, they want people to save.

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Translations for SAVE

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  • أنقذ, حفظArabic
  • xilas etməkAzerbaijani
  • desar, estalviar, salvar, aturadaCatalan, Valencian
  • zachránit, spořit, uložitCzech
  • neilltuo, cynilo, achub, arbedWelsh
  • redde, spare, opspare, gemme, redningDanish
  • speichern, sichern, sparen, rettenGerman
  • αποταμιεύω, λυτρώνω, αποθηκεύω, σώζω, οικονομώ, εκτός, απόκρουσηGreek
  • ŝpariEsperanto
  • reservar, ahorrar, salvar, archivar, salvo, guardar, rescatar, excepto, redimir, paradaSpanish
  • tallentaa, säästää, säilyttääFinnish
  • bjargaFaroese
  • sauvegarder, hormis, sauver, économiser, sauf, épargnerFrench
  • sábháil, slánaighIrish
  • חסך, הצילHebrew
  • बचानाHindi
  • megmentHungarian
  • selamatkan, salin, tulis, simpan, kumpulkanIndonesian
  • vista, bjargaIcelandic
  • salvare, accumulare, racimolare, salvo, redimere, eccetto, immagazzinare, soccorrere, raggranellare, aiutare, risparmiare, fatto salvo, parataItalian
  • 救う, 貯金する, 保管, 救出する, 助ける, 保存, 救助する, 節約するJapanese
  • 구해내다Korean
  • servo, auxilior, succurro, adiuvo, subvenio, opitulor, iuvoLatin
  • taupytiLithuanian
  • аврахMongolian
  • bewaren, sparen, opslaan, redden, besparenDutch
  • spare, unntatt, lagre, redde, redningNorwegian
  • salvarOccitan
  • zbawić, ratować, oszczędzać, zapisywaćPolish
  • guardar, armazenar, salvar, poupar, socorrer, ajudar, estocarPortuguese
  • salvar, salverRomansh
  • salva, ajuta, aproviziona, SalvațiRomanian
  • копить, экономить, скопить, спасти, спасать, сохранять, накопить, сохранить, съэкономитьRussian
  • salvai, sarvai, sarbai, sarvare, sarbare, salvareSardinian
  • sprémiti, spásiti, štédjetiSerbo-Croatian
  • shraniti, rešitiSlovene
  • förutom, frälsa, spara, rädda, räddningSwedish
  • రక్షించు, దాచుకొను, భద్రపరచు, తక్క, కాపాడు, తప్పTelugu
  • tasarruf etmek, saklamak, kurtarmak, kaydetmekTurkish
  • рятуватиUkrainian
  • بچاناUrdu
  • spårgnîWalloon

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