Definition of salvage verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    salvage

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ‘to save’. The verb dates from the late 19th cent.Extra examples Ministers are now trying to salvage the peace deal. Perhaps something can be salvaged from all this mess. making a desperate attempt to salvage something from the wreck of their marriage
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