salvar
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salvar(
sahl
-
bahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to rescue)
a. to save
El bombero logró salvar a varios niños atrapados entre los escombros.The firefighter managed to save several children who'd been trapped among the rubble.
2. (to conquer)
a. to overcome
Ha conseguido salvar todos los obstáculos que ha encontrado en la vida.He has managed to overcome all the obstacles he's encountered in his life.
3. (to travel through)
a. to cover
Este avión salva miles de millas en unas pocas horas.This plane covers thousands of miles in just a few hours.
b. to go across
No podrás salvar las montañas sin un mapa.You won't be able to go across the mountains without a map.
4. (religious)
a. to save
Los cristianos creen que Jesús murió en la cruz para salvarnos de nuestros pecados.Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins.
5. (to be successful in) (Southern Cone)
a. to pass
El estudiante salvó el examen con buena nota.The student passed the exam with a good grade.
6. (computing)
a. to save
Salva los documentos antes de cerrar el programa.Save the documents before closing the program.
7. (apart from; used in gerund)
a. aside
Salvando las diferencias, su estilo se parece al de Dalí.Differences aside, his style is similar to Dali's.
b. except for
Salvando los que no comen carne, todos dijeron que era la mejor barbacoa que habían probado en la vida.Except for those who don't eat meat, everyone said it was the best barbecue they'd ever had.
salvarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (to get free)
a. to escape
Solo se salvaron del incendio 20 personas.Only 20 people escaped the fire.
b. to survive
Medio millón de personas se salvaron de la masacre.Half a million people survived the massacre.
9. (legal)
a. to be declared innocent
Los tres acusados se salvaron a pesar de las evidencias en su contra.The three defendants were declared innocent in spite of the evidence against them.
b. to get off
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
El acusado se salvó porque tenía un abogado buenísimo.The defendant got off because he had a great lawyer.
10. (religious)
a. to be saved
"Confiesa tus pecados y tu alma se salvará", dijo el cura."Confess your sins and your soul will be saved," said the priest.
11. (except for)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Los considero a todos unos vagos; no se salva nadie.I consider them all lazy, without exception.
La peli era malísima; solo se salvaba el actor principal.The film was really bad; the main actor was the only one who was ok.
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salvar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (librar de peligro)
a. to save
nos salvó del peligrohe saved us from danger
2. (rescatar)
a. to rescue
3. (superar; dificultad)
a. to overcome
4. (obstáculo)
a. to go over o around
5. (recorrer)
a. to cover
6. (exceptuar)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
salvando algunos detallesexcept for a few details
salvando las distanciasallowing for the obvious differences
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (librarse)
a. to escape
se salvó de morir ahogadohe escaped drowning
sálvese quien puedaevery man for himself
8. (exceptuarse)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
sus amigos son inaguantables, ella es la única que se salvaher friends are unbearable, she's the only one who's O.K.
9. (religion)
a. to be saved
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salvar
transitive verb
1 (de un peligro) to save
me salvó la vida he saved my life; los bomberos nos salvaron del fuego the firemen saved us from the blaze; apenas salvaron nada del incendio they hardly managed to salvage anything from the fire; me has salvado de tener que sentarme con ese pesado you saved me (from) having to sit next to that old bore
2 (Religión) to save
3 (Informática) to save
4 (evitar) [+dificultad, obstáculo] to get round; overcome; [+montaña, río, barrera] to cross; [+rápidos] to shoot
tuvo que salvar un arroyo para llegar a la carretera
5 [+distancia] to cover
el tren salva la distancia en dos horas the train covers o does the distance in two hours
6 (exceptuando)
salvando: salvando algún detalle, la traducción está muy bien apart from a few minor details, the translation is very good
7 [+altura] to rise above
8 (S. Cone) [+examen] to pass
pronominal verb
salvarse
1 (de un peligro) to escape
pocos se salvaron del naufragio few escaped from o survived the shipwreck
nadie se escapará del castigo
¡sálvese quien pueda! ¡sálvese el que pueda! every man for himself!
2 (librarse)
considera incompetentes a todos los ministros, no se salva nadie in his view all the ministers are, without exception, incompetent; todos son antipáticos, Carlos es el único que se salva they're an unfriendly lot, Carlos is the one exception
3 (Religión) to be saved
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Phrases with "salvar"
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salvar la vida
to save the life
salvar vidas
to save lives
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