—v.t. 1. to rescue from danger or possible harm, injury, or loss: to save someone from drowning. 2. to keep safe, intact, or unhurt; safeguard; preserve: God save the king. 3. to keep from being lost: to save the game. 4. to avoid the spending, consumption, or waste of: to save fuel. 5. to keep, as for reuse: to save leftovers for tomorrow's dinner. 6. to set aside, reserve, or lay by: to save money. 7. to treat carefully in order to reduce wear, fatigue, etc.: to save one's eyes by reading under proper light. 8. to prevent the occurrence, use, or necessity of; obviate: to come early in order to save waiting. 9. Theol.to deliver from the power and consequences of sin.
10. Computers.to copy (a file) from RAM onto a disk or other storage medium.
11. Sports.to stop (a ball or puck) from entering one's goal.
—v.i. 1. to lay up money as the result of economy or thrift.
2. to be economical in expenditure.
3. to preserve something from harm, injury, loss, etc.
4. to admit of being kept without spoiling, as food.
—n. 1. an act or instance of saving, esp. in sports.
2. Baseball.a statistical credit given a relief pitcher for preserving a team's victory by holding its lead in a game.
Pronunciation: (sāv),[key] —prep. except; but: All the guests had left save one.
—conj. except; but (usually fol. by that): He would have gone, save that he had no means.