- 1 to 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 U.S. The house was built using salvaged materials. salvage something from something We only managed to salvage two paintings from the fire.
- 2 salvage 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. They lost 5–2, salvaging a little pride with two late goals.
NAmE//ˈsælvɪdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they salvage
he / she / it salvages
past simple salvaged
-ing form salvaging