Save is defined as to rescue, keep in good condition, store up money or goods or prevent from losing or being hurt.(verb)
An example of to save is to bring a sickly cat back to health.
The definition of a save is a sports move that prevents the other team from scoring or winning.(noun)
An example of a save is when a relief pitcher for the winning team keeps the other team from getting the advantage and winning.
Save means unless or except.(conjunction)
An example of save used as a conjunction is in the sentence, "We would be going on a vacation right now, save we had spent all of the money too early," which means we would be going on a vacation right now, except we had spent all of the money too early.
See save in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME saven < OFr sauver, salver < L salvare < salvus, safe
Origin: ME sauf < OFr, lit., safe: sense developed from use in absolute constructions, e.g. sauf le droit, right (being) safe
See save in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb saved saved, sav·ing, saves verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English saven
Origin: , from Old French sauver
Origin: , from Late Latin salvāre
Origin: , from Latin salvus, safe; see sol- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French sauf
Origin: , from Latin salvō
Origin: , ablative sing. of salvus, safe; see sol- in Indo-European roots.
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