What does saving mean?

Definitions for saving
ˈseɪ vɪŋsav·ing

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word saving.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. economy, savingnoun

    an act of economizing; reduction in cost

    "it was a small economy to walk to work every day"; "there was a saving of 50 cents"

  2. rescue, deliverance, delivery, savingnoun

    recovery or preservation from loss or danger

    "work is the deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives"

  3. preservation, savingadjective

    the activity of protecting something from loss or danger

  4. redemptive, redeeming(a), saving(a)adjective

    bringing about salvation or redemption from sin

    "saving faith"; "redemptive (or redeeming) love"

  5. savingadjective

    characterized by thriftiness

    "wealthy by inheritance but saving by constitution"- Ellen Glasgow


  1. savingnoun

    A reduction in cost or expenditure.

    The shift of the supplier gave us a saving of 10 percent.

  2. savingnoun

    Something (usually money) that is saved.

    I invested all my savings in gold.

  3. savingnoun

    The action of the verb to save.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Savingadjective

    Etymology: from save.

    She loved money; for she was saving, and applied her fortune to pay John’s clamorous debts. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.

    Be saving of your candle. Jonathan Swift.

    Silvio, finding his application unsuccessful, was resolved to make a saving bargain; and since he could not get the widow’s estate, to recover what he had laid out of his own. Addison.

  2. Savingadverb

    With exception in favour of.

    Etymology: This is nothing more than a participle of the verb save adverbially used.

    All this world’s glory seemeth vain,
    And all their shows but shadows, saving she. Edmund Spenser.

    Such laws cannot be abrogated, saving only by whom they were made; because the intent of them being known unto none but the author, he alone can judge how long it is requisite they should endure. Richard Hooker.

    Saving the reverence due to so great a man, I doubt not but they did all creep out of their holes. John Ray, on the Creation.

  3. Savingnoun

    Etymology: from save.

    It is a great saving in all such lights, if they can be made as fair and right as others, and yet last longer. Francis Bacon.

    By reducing interest to four per cent. there was a considerable saving to the nation; but this year they give six. Addison.

    Contend not with those that are too strong for us, but still with a saving to honesty; for integrity must be supported against all violence. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. saving

    Saving refers to the act of setting aside a portion of income for future use. It involves preserving money for unforeseen circumstances, future purchases, or investments. This can be done through putting money in savings accounts, retirement funds, or other forms of financial instruments that increase in value over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saving

    of Save

  2. Savingadjective

    preserving; rescuing

  3. Savingadjective

    avoiding unnecessary expense or waste; frugal; not lavish or wasteful; economical; as, a saving cook

  4. Savingadjective

    bringing back in returns or in receipts the sum expended; incurring no loss, though not gainful; as, a saving bargain; the ship has made a saving voyage

  5. Savingadjective

    making reservation or exception; as, a saving clause

  6. Saving

    with the exception of; except; excepting; also, without disrespect to

  7. Savingnoun

    something kept from being expended or lost; that which is saved or laid up; as, the savings of years of economy

  8. Savingnoun

    exception; reservation


  1. Saving

    Saving is income not spent, or deferred consumption. Methods of saving include putting money aside in a bank or pension plan. Saving also includes reducing expenditures, such as recurring costs. In terms of personal finance, saving specifies low-risk preservation of money, as in a deposit account, versus investment, wherein risk is higher. There is some disagreement about what counts as saving. For example, the part of a person's income that is spent on mortgage loan repayments is not spent on present consumption and is therefore saving by the above definition, even though people do not always think of repaying a loan as saving. However, in the U.S. measurement of the numbers behind its gross national product, personal interest payments are not treated as "saving" unless the institutions and people who receive them save them. "Saving" differs from "savings." The former refers to an increase in one's assets, an increase in net worth, whereas the latter refers to one part of one's assets, usually deposits in savings accounts, or to all of one's assets. Saving refers to an activity occurring over time, a flow variable, whereas savings refers to something that exists at any one time, a stock variable.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Saving is ranked #139228 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Saving surname appeared 120 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Saving.

    94.1% or 113 total occurrences were White.
    4.1% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'saving' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4092

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'saving' in Nouns Frequency: #1098

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of saving in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of saving in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of saving in a Sentence

  1. Kevin Hourican:

    We see big potential in drone delivery in rural communities where life-saving medications are needed and consumers at times cannot conveniently access one of our stores, cVS is exploring many types of delivery options for urban, suburban and rural markets.

  2. Maureen OConnell:

    If he really believed, and it sounds like he did, that this guy was going to rush into a church with a gun an IED takes time, hes buying time and hes saving lives.

  3. Mohammed Alsaeed:

    (Abduljalil) and his brother were heroes, from the bottom of my heart I thank them for saving my family and others' lives.

  4. Emil Cioran:

    Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.

  5. Brian Hook:

    Apparently the Iranian regime is unable to distinguish between saving animals from committing espionage.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    A witless
    B occasional
    C opaque
    D suspicious

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