1 [seyv]
verb (used with object), saved, saving.
to rescue from danger or possible harm, injury, or loss: to save someone from drowning.
to keep safe, intact, or unhurt; safeguard; preserve: God save the king.
to keep from being lost: to save the game.
to avoid the spending, consumption, or waste of: to save fuel.
to keep, as for reuse: to save leftovers for tomorrow's dinner.
to set aside, reserve, or lay by: to save money.
to treat carefully in order to reduce wear, fatigue, etc.: to save one's eyes by reading under proper light.
to prevent the occurrence, use, or necessity of; obviate: to come early in order to save waiting.
Theology. to deliver from the power and consequences of sin.
Computers. to copy (a file) from RAM onto a disk or other storage medium.
Sports. to stop (a ball or puck) from entering one's goal.
verb (used without object), saved, saving.
to lay up money as the result of economy or thrift.
to be economical in expenditure.
to preserve something from harm, injury, loss, etc.
to admit of being kept without spoiling, as food.
an act or instance of saving, especially in sports.
Baseball. a statistical credit given a relief pitcher for preserving a team's victory by holding its lead in a game.

1175–1225; Middle English sa(u)ven < Old French sauver < Late Latin salvāre to save; see safe

savable, saveable, adjective
savableness, saveableness, noun
saver, noun
unsavable, adjective
unsaveable, adjective
unsaved, adjective

1. salvage. 6. store up, husband. 12. economize, hoard. Unabridged
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save1 (seɪv)
1.  (tr) to rescue, preserve, or guard (a person or thing) from danger or harm
2.  to avoid the spending, waste, or loss of (money, possessions, etc)
3.  (tr) to deliver from sin; redeem
4.  (often foll by up) to set aside or reserve (money, goods, etc) for future use
5.  (tr) to treat with care so as to avoid or lessen wear or degeneration: use a good light to save your eyes
6.  (tr) to prevent the necessity for; obviate the trouble of: good work now will save future revision
7.  (tr) sport to prevent (a goal) by stopping (a struck ball or puck)
8.  chiefly (US) (intr) (of food) to admit of preservation; keep
9.  sport the act of saving a goal
10.  computing an instruction to write information from the memory onto a tape or disk
[C13: from Old French salver, via Late Latin from Latin salvus safe]

save2 (seɪv)
1.  (often foll by for) Also: saving with the exception of
2.  but; except
[C13 sauf, from Old French, from Latin salvō, from salvus safe]

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Word Origin & History

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 1817 (S & L for savings and loan attested from 1951). Save face (1898) first was used among the British community in China and is said to be from Chinese; it has not been found in Chinese, but tiu lien "to lose face" does occur. To not (do something) to save one's life is recorded from 1848. Phrase saved by the bell (1932) is from boxing.

in the sports sense of "act of preventing opponent from scoring," 1890, from save (v.).

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."
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Example sentences
But some fear that even birds saved from danger will later attempt a return to
  their destroyed homes.
The money saved can be spent on renewable energy investments, such as wind, and
Large, sculptural blue-gray and yellow agaves saved from the old garden echo
  the building's colors.
Most leftover seeds can be saved for the following season as long as they're
  stored properly.
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