transitive verbsaved, sav′ing
- to rescue or preserve from harm, danger, injury, etc.; make or keep safe
- to keep in health and well-being: now only in certain formulas: God save the king!
- to preserve for future use; lay by: often with up
- to prevent or guard against loss or waste of: to save time, to save a game
- to avoid, prevent, lessen, or guard against: to save wear and tear
- to treat or use carefully in order to preserve, lessen wear, etc.
- Comput. to copy (data, a file, etc.) from random-access memory to a disk, tape, etc. for storage
- Theol. to deliver from sin and its penalties
Origin of saveMiddle English saven from Old French sauver, salver from Classical Latin salvare from salvus, safe
- to avoid expense, loss, waste, etc.; be economical
- to keep something or someone from danger, harm, etc.
- to put by money or goods; hoard: often with up
- to keep; last
- Comput. to copy data, a file, etc. from random-access memory to a disk, tape, etc. for storage
- Theol. to bring about deliverance from sin and its penalties
- Sports an action that keeps an opponent from scoring or winning
- Baseball an official credit given to a relief pitcher who enters a game for a team that is in the lead and preserves a lead for the remainder of the game