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Definition of salvage verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they salvage
    he / she / it salvages
    past simple salvaged
    -ing form salvaging
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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 U.S. 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. They lost 5–2, salvaging a little pride with two late goals.
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