WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
life•sav•er /ˈlaɪfˌseɪvɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. one who rescues another from danger of death, esp. from drowning.
  2. one that provides timely aid in a difficult situation.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
life•sav•er  (līfsā′vər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who rescues another from danger of death, esp. from drowning.
  2. a person or thing that saves a person, as from a difficult situation or critical moment:That money was a lifesaver.
  3. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a lifeguard.
lifesav′ing, adj., n. 
  • life + saver 1880–85


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

life-saver n
  1. the saver of a person's life
  2. another name for lifeguard
  3. informal a person or thing that gives help in time of need



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