- 1to save a badly damaged ship, etc. from being lost completely; to save parts or property from a damaged ship or from a fire, etc. salvage something The wreck was salvaged by a team from the RAF. The house was built using salvaged materials. salvage something from something We only managed to salvage two paintings from the fire.
- 2salvage something to manage to rescue something from a difficult situation; to stop a bad situation from being a complete failure What can I do to salvage my reputation? (= get a good reputation again) He wondered what he could do to salvage the situation. United lost 5–2, salvaging a little pride with two late goals. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (as a noun denoting payment for saving a ship or its cargo): from French, from medieval Latin salvagium, from Latin salvare
BrE BrE//ˈsælvɪdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælvɪdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they salvage
BrE BrE//ˈsælvɪdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælvɪdʒ//he / she / it salvages
BrE BrE//ˈsælvɪdʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælvɪdʒɪz//past simple salvaged
BrE BrE//ˈsælvɪdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælvɪdʒd//past participle salvaged
BrE BrE//ˈsælvɪdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælvɪdʒd//-ing form salvaging
BrE BrE//ˈsælvɪdʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælvɪdʒɪŋ//