Definition of


  1. (noun, act) (sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring
    the relief pitcher got credit for a save
  2. (verb, social) save from ruin, destruction, or harm
  3. (verb, possession) to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
  4. (verb, social) bring into safety
  5. (verb, possession) spend less; buy at a reduced price
  6. (verb, possession) accumulate money for future use
  7. (verb, change) make unnecessary an expenditure or effort
    I'll save you the trouble
    This will save you a lot of time
  8. (verb, social) save from sins
  9. (verb, social) refrain from harming
  10. (verb, possession) spend sparingly, avoid the waste of
    The less fortunate will have to economize now
  11. (verb, possession) retain rights to
    keep my seat, please
    keep open the possibility of a merger
  12. (verb, communication) record data on a computer

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Save

  1. early 13c., "to deliver (one's soul) from sin and its consequences;" mid-13c., "to deliver or rescue from peril," from O.Fr. sauver, from L.L. salvare "make safe, secure," from L. salvus "safe" (see safe (adj.)). Meaning "store up, to keep instead of spending" is attested from mid-14c.; savings "money hoarded up" is from 1737; savings bank is … more
  2. in the sports sense of "act of preventing opponent from scoring," 1890, from save (v.). more
  3. c.1300, from safe (q.v.), paralleling evolution in O.Fr. sauf "safe," prepositional use of the adj., in phrases such as saulve l'honneur "save (our) honor." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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