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save1 W1S1 [seıv] v
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1¦(from harm/danger)¦
2¦(money)¦
3¦(not waste)¦
4¦(to use later)¦
5¦(collect)¦
6¦(help to avoid)¦
7¦(keep for somebody)¦
8¦(computer)¦
9¦(sport)¦
10 you saved my life
11 save somebody's skin/neck/bacon
12 save the day
13 save face
14 saving grace
15 somebody can't do something to save his/her life
16 save your breath
17 save somebody from themselves
18¦(religion)¦
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: salver, from Late Latin salvare, from Latin salvus; SAFE1]
1.) ¦(FROM HARM/DANGER)¦ [T]
to make someone or something safe from danger, harm, or destruction
→↑rescue
Emergency aid could save millions threatened with starvation.
a new treatment that could save his life
She was determined to save her marriage.
the campaign to save the rainforests
save sb/sth from sth
He saved the child from drowning.
2.) ¦(MONEY)¦ also save up [I and T]
to keep money in a bank so that you can use it later, especially when you gradually add more money over a period of time
He managed to save enough to buy a small house.
So far, I've saved about £500.
save for
I'm saving up for a new car.
→↑saver
3.) ¦(NOT WASTE)¦ [T]
also save on sth
to use less money, time, energy etc so that you do not waste any
≠ ↑waste
We'll save a lot of time if we go by car.
Everyone is being encouraged to save energy.
an attempt to save on costs
ways to save money on heating bills
energy-saving/time-saving etc
money-saving ideas
4.) ¦(TO USE LATER)¦ [T]
to keep something so that you can use or enjoy it in the future
We'll save the rest of the food and have it later.
save sth for sth
I had a bottle of champagne which I'd been saving for a special occasion.
5.) ¦(COLLECT)¦ [T]
also save sth<=>up
to keep all the objects of a particular kind that you can find, so that you can use them
I'm saving up vouchers to get a cheap air ticket to the States.
6.) ¦(HELP TO AVOID)¦ [T]
to help someone by making it unnecessary for them to do something that they do not want to do
If you lent me £5, it would save me a trip to the bank.
save sb doing sth
I'll take the shopping home in the car to save you carrying it.
save sb the trouble/bother (of doing sth)
I'll get a taxi from the station to save you the trouble of coming to collect me.
7.) ¦(KEEP FOR SOMEBODY)¦ [T]
to stop people from using something so that it is available for someone else
Will you save me a seat?
save sth for sb
We'll save some dinner for you if you're late.
8.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦ [I and T]
to make a computer keep the work that you have done on it
Don't forget to save before you close the file.
Did you save the changes that you made?
9.) ¦(SPORT)¦ [I and T]
to stop the other team from scoring in a game such as football
The goalkeeper just managed to save the shot.
10.) you saved my life
spoken used to thank someone who has helped you out of a difficult situation or solved a problem for you
Thanks again for the loan - you really saved my life.
11.) save sb's skin/neck/bacon informal
to help someone to escape from an extremely difficult or dangerous situation
He lied in court to save his own skin.
12.) save the day
to stop things from going badly and make a situation end successfully
A local businessman saved the day by donating £30,000 to the school.
13.) save face
to do something that will stop you from looking stupid or feeling embarrassed
A compromise must be found which will allow both sides in the dispute to save face.
14.) saving grace
the one good thing that makes someone or something acceptable
His sense of humour was his only saving grace.
15.) sb can't do sth to save his/her life informal
to be completely unable to do something
He couldn't draw to save his life!
16.) save your breath
spoken used to tell someone that it is not worth saying anything, because nothing they say will make any difference to the situation
I tried to explain, but she told me to save my breath.
17.) save sb from themselves
to prevent someone from doing something that they want to do but that you think is harmful
18.) ¦(RELIGION)¦ [I and T]
in the Christian church, to free someone from the power of evil and bring them into the Christian religion
Jesus came to save sinners.
save 2
save2 n
an action in which a player in a game such as football prevents the other team from scoring
Martin made a brilliant save from Nichol's shot.
save 3
save3 prep also 'save for formal
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: sauf, from sauf (adjective); SAFE1]
except
She answered all the questions save one.
save that
Little is known about his early life, save that he had a brother.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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