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90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theysave up
he/she/itsaves up
present participlesaving up
past tensesaved up
past participlesaved up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] same as save

    She spent all the money I had saved up for our trip.

    I’m saving up for a new car.

  2. 2
    [transitive] same as save

    You save up the tokens to get a prize.

See also main entry: save


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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