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verb save pronunciation in British English /seɪv/
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present tense
present participlesaving
past tensesaved
past participlesaved
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make it possible for someone or something to avoid danger, harm, injury etc
    campaigns to save the planet/rainforest/whale
    A cure for lung cancer would save thousands of lives each year.
    save someone/something from something: Only hard work will save this company from bankruptcy.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to avoid using something such as money, time, or energy, or to use less of it
    You can save £25 if you buy your tickets before Saturday.
    Travelling by plane is more expensive, but it saves time.
    save someone something: Democrats argue their plan will save the government money in the future.
    save something on something: Save up to £10 on your next purchase with this coupon.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to make it possible for someone to avoid doing something
    Setting down clear rules from the start will save arguments later on.
    save someone something: If you get some milk on your way home, it’ll save me a trip to the shops.
    save someone doing something: If you could tell her, that would save me phoning her.
    save someone the trouble/bother/expense (of doing something): Buying a machine with a grass box saves you the bother of raking up the grass.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to keep or store something so that you can use it in the future
    save something for someone/something: Let’s have one piece of cake now and save the rest for later.
    Save some energy for the end of the race.
    1. a.



      save up

      [transitive] to collect a set of things and keep them for a particular purpose
      Save eight tokens and you can get one of these amazing pens!
    2. b.



      save up

      [intransitive/transitive] to regularly put money in a bank or invest it so that you can use it later
      I’ve managed to save almost £500 for my holiday.
      save for: Don’t wait until you’re 40 to start saving for retirement.
      save to do something: We’ve been saving to buy a new car.
    3. c.
      [transitive] to keep something for someone by making sure that other people do not take it
      save something for someone: Would you please save a place in the queue for me?
      save someone something: Save me some dinner and I’ll have it when I get in.
  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a computer keep information that you have put into it
    Where did you save the file you were working on?
    It’s a good idea to save frequently.
  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] if a goalkeeper saves a ball in a sport such as football, they prevent the ball from going into the net
    Dearden saved a penalty in the second half.


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