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a characteristic taste, flavor, etc.; to appreciate or enjoy the taste of; to enjoy an experience
Not to be confused with:
saver – a person who saves, especially money
savior – a person who saves from danger or destruction, one who rescues or delivers
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1. A specific taste or smell: the savor of fresh mint.
2. The quality of something that is perceived as taste or smell: "There is little savor in dead men's meat" (Stephen Vincent Benét).
3. A distinctive quality or characteristic: enjoyed the savors of local life on their trip.
v. sa·vored, sa·vor·ing, sa·vors
1. To have a particular taste or smell: a dish that savors of curry.
2. To exhibit a specified quality or characteristic; smack: postures that savored of vanity.
1. To taste or smell, especially with pleasure: savored each morsel of the feast.
2. To appreciate fully; enjoy or relish: I want to savor this moment of accomplishment.

[Middle English savour, from Old French, from Latin sapor, from sapere, to taste; see sep- in Indo-European roots.]

sa′vor·er n.
sa′vor·ous adj.
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(ˈseɪ vər)

1. the quality in a substance that affects the sense of taste or of smell.
2. a particular taste or smell.
3. distinctive quality or property.
4. power to excite or interest.
5. Archaic. repute.
6. to have savor, taste, or odor.
7. to hint or smack (often fol. by of): business practices savoring of greed.
8. to give a savor to; season; flavor.
9. to perceive by taste or smell, esp. with relish.
10. to give oneself to the enjoyment of: to savor the best in life.
Also, esp. Brit.,sa′vour.
[1175–1225; (n.) Middle English sav(o)ur < Old French savour < Latin sapōrem, acc. of sapor taste, derivative of sapere to taste (compare sapient); (v.) < Old French savourer < Late Latin sapōrāre, derivative of sapor]
sa′vor•er, n.
sa′vor•ous, adj.
usage: See -or1.
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Past participle: savored
Gerund: savoring

I savor
you savor
he/she/it savors
we savor
you savor
they savor
I savored
you savored
he/she/it savored
we savored
you savored
they savored
Present Continuous
I am savoring
you are savoring
he/she/it is savoring
we are savoring
you are savoring
they are savoring
Present Perfect
I have savored
you have savored
he/she/it has savored
we have savored
you have savored
they have savored
Past Continuous
I was savoring
you were savoring
he/she/it was savoring
we were savoring
you were savoring
they were savoring
Past Perfect
I had savored
you had savored
he/she/it had savored
we had savored
you had savored
they had savored
I will savor
you will savor
he/she/it will savor
we will savor
you will savor
they will savor
Future Perfect
I will have savored
you will have savored
he/she/it will have savored
we will have savored
you will have savored
they will have savored
Future Continuous
I will be savoring
you will be savoring
he/she/it will be savoring
we will be savoring
you will be savoring
they will be savoring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been savoring
you have been savoring
he/she/it has been savoring
we have been savoring
you have been savoring
they have been savoring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been savoring
you will have been savoring
he/she/it will have been savoring
we will have been savoring
you will have been savoring
they will have been savoring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been savoring
you had been savoring
he/she/it had been savoring
we had been savoring
you had been savoring
they had been savoring
I would savor
you would savor
he/she/it would savor
we would savor
you would savor
they would savor
Past Conditional
I would have savored
you would have savored
he/she/it would have savored
we would have savored
you would have savored
they would have savored
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.savor - the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouthsavor - the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation - the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus; "the candy left him with a bad taste"; "the melon had a delicious taste"
lemon - a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
vanilla - a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
Verb1.savor - derive or receive pleasure fromsavor - derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in; "She relished her fame and basked in her glory"
feast one's eyes - look at with great enjoyment; "She feasted her eyes on the Tuscan landscape"
devour - enjoy avidly; "She devoured his novels"
2.savor - have flavor; taste of something
smack, taste - have a distinctive or characteristic taste; "This tastes of nutmeg"
3.savor - taste appreciatively; "savor the soup"
taste - perceive by the sense of taste; "Can you taste the garlic?"
4.savor - give taste to
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
flavor, flavour, season - lend flavor to; "Season the chicken breast after roasting it"
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1. A distinctive property of a substance affecting the gustatory sense:
2. A distinctive yet intangible quality deemed typical of a given thing:
1. To have a particular flavor or suggestion of something:
2. To receive pleasure from:
Informal: go for.
Slang: dig.
3. To undergo an emotional reaction:
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(American) savor (ˈseivə) verb
to eat, drink usually slowly in order to appreciate taste or quality. He savoured the delicious soup.
ˈsavoury adjective
having a usually salty or sharp, but not sweet, taste or smell. a savoury omelette.
something savoury served with eg alcoholic drinks.
savour of
to have a suggestion or give an impression of (usually something bad). Their action savours of rebellion.
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References in classic literature ?
"The soul not being mistress of herself," says Thseng-tseu, "one looks, and one does not see; one listens, and one does not hear; one eats, and one does not know the savor of food." He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.
Though the certainty of this criterion is far from demonstrable, yet it has the savor of analogical probability.
There was a certain tang and savor in the conversation when Leslie was present which they missed when she was absent.
This compliment, which savored so little of flattery, gave a thrill of joy to the man whom already Europe considered a hero; and who might be thought to be satiated with praise.
The Savor Food administration misbehaved with the inspection team during the checking therefore, restaurant was sealed by the administration.
In a paper published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, she explores how people savor different types of communication.
McLEAN, Va: Capital One Financial Corporation introduced the newest Savor card.
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Bryant proposed, in a four-factor model of perceived control, that individuals distinguish between their ability to (a) avoid negative experiences, (b) cope with negative experiences, (c) obtain positive experiences, and (d) savor positive experiences.
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