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. Specifically, to deliver from 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)
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 appearance, to preserve a decent outside; to avoid exposure of a discreditable state of things.
Origin: OE. Saven, sauven, salven, OF. Salver, sauver, F. Sauver, L. Salvare, fr. Salvus saved, safe. See Safe.