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1. Rescue from harm, danger, or loss.
2. Avoidance of excess expenditure; economy.
3. A reduction in expenditure or cost.
4. Something saved.
a. savings Money saved: a bank account for savings.
b. savings (used with a sing. verb) Usage Problem An amount of money saved: a rebate that yielded a savings of $50.
6. Law An exception or reservation.
With the exception of.
Except; save.
Usage Note: Traditionalists state that one should use the form a saving when referring to an amount of money that is saved. Indeed, that is the form English speakers outside of the United States normally use. In the United States the plural form a savings is widely used with a singular verb (as in A savings of $50 is most welcome). The widespread use of this construction has steadily eroded resistance to it. In our 2005 survey, only 37 percent of the Usage Panel found this sentence unacceptable. This was a considerable decrease from earlier surveys. In 1988, 57 percent rejected a savings, and in 1967, 89 percent rejected it.
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Noun1.savings - a fund of money put by as a reservesavings - a fund of money put by as a reserve
fund, monetary fund - a reserve of money set aside for some purpose
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in cpdsSpar-;
savings account
nSparkonto nt
savings bank
nSparkasse f
savings bond
n (US Fin) → (staatlicher) Sparbrief
savings book
nSparbuch nt
savings certificate
n (Brit Fin) → Sparbrief m
savings deposit
nSpareinlage f
savings stamp
n (Brit) → Sparmarke f


(seiv) verb
1. to rescue or bring out of danger. He saved his friend from drowning; The house was burnt but he saved the pictures.
2. to keep (money etc) for future use. He's saving (his money) to buy a bicycle; They're saving for a house.
3. to prevent the using or wasting of (money, time, energy etc). Frozen foods save a lot of trouble; I'll telephone and that will save me writing a letter.
4. in football etc, to prevent the opposing team from scoring a goal. The goalkeeper saved six goals.
5. to free from the power of sin and evil.
6. to keep data in the computer.
(in football etc) an act of preventing the opposing team from scoring a goal.
ˈsaver noun
a person or thing that saves, avoids waste etc. The telephone is a great time-saver.
ˈsaving noun
a way of saving money etc or the amount saved in this way. It's a great saving to be able to make one's own clothes.
ˈsavings noun plural
money saved up. He keeps his savings in the bank.
saviour , (American) savior (ˈseivjə) noun
1. (usually with capital) a person or god who saves people from sin, hell etc.
2. a person who rescues a person etc from danger etc. He was the saviour of his country.
saving grace
a good quality that makes up for a fault. His speeches are boring but they have the saving grace of being short.
savings account
an account in a bank or post office on which interest is paid.
savings bank
a bank that receives small savings and gives interest.
save up
to save. He's been saving up for a new bike.


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