- A reduction in cost or expenditure.
- The shift of the supplier gave us a saving of 10 percent.
- (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.
- (uncountable) The action of the verb to save.
- (law, obsolete) Exception; reservation.
- saving and transitional provisions
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], OCLC 228727523:
- Tis Good Advice not to Contend with Those that are too Strong for us, but still with a saving to Honesty and Justice
reduction in cost
something that is saved
action of saving
- (theology) That saves someone from damnation; redemptive. [from 14th c.]
- Preserving; rescuing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Making reservation or exception.
- a saving clause
- (in compound adjectives) Relating to making a saving.
- energy-saving light bulbs
in compound adjectives: relating to making a saving
- With the exception of; except; save.
- Without disrespect to.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii]:
- I should be ruled by the fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil himself.
- a. 1796, Robert Burns, The Carle of Kellyburn Braes
- Saving your presence.