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



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they salve
BrE BrE//sælv//
; NAmE NAmE//sælv//
he / she / it salves
BrE BrE//sælvz//
; NAmE NAmE//sælvz//
past simple salved
BrE BrE//sælvd//
; NAmE NAmE//sælvd//
past participle salved
BrE BrE//sælvd//
; NAmE NAmE//sælvd//
-ing form salving
BrE BrE//ˈsælvɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsælvɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//sælv//
; NAmE NAmE//sælv//
salve your conscience (formal) to do something that makes you feel less guilty He took them presents to salve his conscience.
Word OriginOld English sealfe (noun), sealfian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zalf and German Salbe.
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