Save \save\, v. i

To avoid unnecessary expense or expenditure; to prevent waste; to be economical
Brass ordnance saveth in the quantity of the material --Bacon

Save \save\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. saved; p. pr. & vb. n saving.] [OE. saven, sauven, salven, OF. salver, sauver, F sauver, L. salvare, fr. salvus saved, safe. ]

  1. To make safe; to procure the safety of; to preserve from injury, destruction, or evil of any kind; to rescue from impending danger; as, to save a house from the flames; bring into safety [syn: carry through, pull through, bring through]
    God save all this fair company. --Chaucer
    He cried, saying, Lord, save me. --Matt. xiv 30
    Thou hast . . . quitted all to save A world from utter loss. --Milton
  2. (Theol.) Specifically, to deliver from sin and its penalty; to rescue from a state of condemnation and spiritual death, and bring into a state of spiritual life; from sins, as in religious dogma [syn: deliver, redeem]
    Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners --1 Tim. i 15
  3. To keep from being spent or lost; to secure from waste or expenditure; to lay up; to reserve; avoid the spending of
    Now save a nation, and now save a groat. --Pope
  4. To rescue from something undesirable or hurtful; to prevent from doing something; to spare; save from ruin or destruction [syn: salvage, salve, relieve]
    I'll save you That labor, sir. All's now done --Shak
  5. To hinder from doing, suffering, or happening; to obviate the necessity of; to prevent; to spare
    Will you not speak to save a lady's blush? --Dryden
  6. To hold possession or use of; to escape loss of
    Just saving the tide, and putting in a stock of merit. --Swift
    To save appearances, to preserve a decent outside; to avoid exposure of a discreditable state of things [syn: To preserve; rescue; deliver; protect; spare; reserve; prevent]
  7. To keep up and reserve for personal or special use: "save something in case you hit trouble." [syn: preserve, conserve]
  8. Spend less; buy at a reduced price
  9. Feather one's nest; have a nest egg; "He saves half his salary" [syn: lay aside, save up] [ant: squander]
  10. Make unnecessary an expenditure or effort; "This will save money"; "I'll save you the trouble"; "This will save you a lot of time" [syn: make unnecessary]
  11. Refrain from harming [syn: spare]
  12. Retain rights to; as of a job or a seat [syn: keep open, hold open, keep]

Save \save\, n.

  1. The act of preventing the opposition from scoring (in sports): "the goalie made a brilliant save"; "the relief pitcher got credit for a save"
  2. An herb. [See Sage ]
    The herb sage, or salvia. [Obs.] --Chaucer

Save \save\, prep. or conj. [F. sauf, properly adj., safe. ]

Except; excepting; not including; leaving out; deducting; reserving; saving
Five times received I forty stripes save one. --2 Cor xi. 24
[syn: except]