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.