Save v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saved p. pr. & vb. n. Saving.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
adj 1: rescued; especially from the power and consequences of sin;
"a saved soul" [ant: lost]
2: guarded from injury or destruction [syn: protected]