To save something is to keep it in a place for future use:
- He saves his money in a bank.
- She saved all of the letters that her boyfriend wrote to her.
- You can save meat in a freezer for a long time.
- They don’t save their old clothes. Instead, they give them away to people who need them.
- We should save this old table in the attic.
- I saved some pictures on the computer’s hard drive.
- Let’s save this for later.
You can also save a person or an animal from a bad situation:
- The lifeguard saved the little girl who was about to drown in the swimming pool.
- Doctors work hard to save the lives of patients who suffer from serious diseases.
- It’s important to try to save animals endangered by human activity.
- The community group wants to save the old building from demolition. (Sometimes the word "save" is synoymous with the words "preserve" and "protect.")
- Environmentalists want to save polar bears that are threatened by global climate change.
- He wants to help save our planet.
The words "save" or "savings" can be used as a noun:
- That was a good save! (This expression is often used in sports when a defending player prevents a score or a goal.)
- The goalie made a good save.
- Click on save.* (for a computer)
- The savings really add up if you use coupons. (Use "savings" for money.)
- He keeps his life savings in the bank.
*Note: It’s important to save your work when you work on a computer. The word "save" is found in a drop-down menu when you click on "file."
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First published on June 18, 2013.
Updated on July 22, 2017.