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From save +‎ -ing.


  • IPA(key): /ˈseɪv.ɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪvɪŋ


saving (countable and uncountable, plural savings)

  1. A reduction in cost or expenditure.
    The shift of the supplier gave us a saving of 10 percent.
  2. (countable, usually in the plural) Something (usually money) that is saved, particularly money that has been set aside for the future.
    I invested all my savings in gold.
    The collapse of Enron wiped out the life savings of many people, leaving them poor in their retirement.
  3. (uncountable) The action of the verb to save.
  4. (law, obsolete) Exception; reservation.
    saving and transitional provisions

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  1. present participle of save


saving (comparative more saving, superlative most saving)

  1. (theology) That saves someone from damnation; redemptive. [from 14th c.]
  2. Preserving; rescuing.
  3. Thrifty; frugal. [from 15th c.]
    a saving cook
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 14:
      Three of her bairns were drowned at sea, fishing off the Bervie braes they had been, but the fourth, the boy Cospatric, him that died the same day as the Old Queen, he was douce and saving and sensible, and set putting the estate to rights.
  4. Bringing back in returns or in receipts the sum expended; incurring no loss, though not gainful.
    a saving bargain
    The ship has made a saving voyage.
  5. Making reservation or exception.
    a saving clause
  6. (in compound adjectives) Relating to making a saving.
    energy-saving light bulbs

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  1. With the exception of; except; save.
  2. Without disrespect to.