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SAVE, verb transitive [Latin salvo. As salve is used in Latin for salutation or wishing health, as hail is in English, I suspect this word to be from the root of heal or hail, the first letter being changed. Gr. See Salt.]

1. To preserve from injury, destruction or evil of any kind; to rescue from danger; as, to save a house from the flames; to save a man from drowning; to save a family from ruin; to save a state from war.

He cried, saying Lord, save me. Matthew 14:30. Genesis 45:7.

2. To preserve from final and everlasting destruction; to rescue from eternal death.

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15.

3. To deliver; to rescue from the power and pollution of sin.

He shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21.

4. To hinder from being spent or lost; as, to save the expense of a new garment. Order in all affairs saves time.

5. To prevent. method in affairs saves much perplexity.

6. To reserve or lay by for preservation.

Now save a nation, and now save a groat.

7. To spare; to prevent; to hinder from occurrence.

Will you not speak to save a lady's blush?

Silent and unobserv'd, to save his tears.

8. To salve; as, to save appearances.

9. To take or use opportunely, so as not to lose. The ship sailed in time to save the tide.

10. To except; to reserve from a general admission or account.

Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only. Joshua 11:13.

Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes, save one. 2 Corinthians 11:24.

[Save is here a verb followed by an object. It is the imperative used without a specific nominative; but it is now less frequently used than except.]

SAVE, verb intransitive To hinder expense.

Brass ordinance saveth in the quantity of the material.