save Definition

  • 1to rescue someone or something from harm, danger, or destruction
  • 2to prevent something from being wasted or unused
  • 3to keep money for future use

Using save: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "save" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The lifeguard saved the drowning swimmer.

  • Example

    She saved the company from bankruptcy with her innovative ideas.

  • Example

    I'm saving my vacation days for later in the year.

save Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for save

Phrases with save

  • to avoid embarrassment or humiliation


    He apologized to save face after his mistake was pointed out.

  • to save money for a time when it might be needed unexpectedly


    I always try to save some money for a rainy day.

  • save someone's bacon

    to rescue someone from a difficult situation


    Thanks for helping me with that project. You really saved my bacon!

Origins of save

from Old French 'salver', from Latin 'salvare', meaning 'to make safe'


Summary: save in Brief

The verb 'save' [seɪv] has several meanings, including rescuing someone or something from harm, preventing waste or loss, and keeping money for future use. Examples include 'The lifeguard saved the drowning swimmer,' 'She saved the company from bankruptcy,' and 'I'm saving my vacation days.' Phrases like 'save face' and 'save for a rainy day' add nuance to the term.

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