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

     

    savage

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsævɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsævɪdʒ//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they savage
    BrE BrE//ˈsævɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsævɪdʒ//
     
    he / she / it savages
    BrE BrE//ˈsævɪdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsævɪdʒɪz//
     
    past simple savaged
    BrE BrE//ˈsævɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsævɪdʒd//
     
    past participle savaged
    BrE BrE//ˈsævɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsævɪdʒd//
     
    -ing form savaging
    BrE BrE//ˈsævɪdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsævɪdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1savage somebody (of an animal) to attack somebody violently, causing serious injury She was savaged to death by a bear.
  2. 2savage somebody/something (formal) to criticize somebody/something severely Her latest novel has been savaged by the critics.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French sauvage ‘wild’, from Latin silvaticus ‘of the woods’, from silva ‘a wood’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: savage