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Definition of savage verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they savage
    he / she / it savages
    past simple savaged
    -ing form savaging
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  1. 1savage somebody (of an animal) to attack someone violently, causing serious injury She was savaged to death by a bear.
  2. 2savage somebody/something (formal) to criticize someone or something severely Her latest novel has been savaged by the critics.
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