Restore vs Save – What’s the difference?

Restore vs Save - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between restore and save is that restore is to reestablish, or bring back into existence while save is to know.

As a noun restore is (computing) the act of recovering data or a system from a backup.




(en noun )

  • (computing) The act of recovering data or a system from a backup.
  • Verb


  • To reestablish, or bring back into existence.
  • to restore harmony among those who are at variance
    He restored my lost faith in him by doing a good deed.
  • To bring back to a previous condition or state.
  • * Bible, Mark iii. 5
  • and his hand was restored whole as the other
  • * Prior
  • our fortune restored after the severest afflictions
  • To give or bring back (that which has been lost or taken); to bring back to the owner; to replace.
  • * Bible, Genesis xx. 7
  • Now therefore restore the man his wife.
  • * Milton
  • Loss of Eden, till one greater man / Restore us, and regain the blissful seat.
  • * Dryden
  • The father banished virtue shall restore .
  • To give in place of, or as restitution for.
  • * Bible, Exodus xxii. 1
  • He shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
  • (computing) To recover (data, etc.) from a backup.
  • There was a crash last night, and we’re still restoring the file system.
  • (obsolete) To make good; to make amends for.
  • * Shakespeare
  • But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, / All losses are restored , and sorrows end.


    * See also




    (en noun )

  • In various sports, a block that prevents an opponent from scoring.
  • The goaltender made a great save .
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    , passage=Wolves defender Ronald Zubar was slightly closer with his shot on the turn as he forced Pepe Reina, on his 200th Premier League appearance, into a low save .}}

  • (baseball) When a relief pitcher comes into a game with a 3 run or less lead, and his team wins while continually being ahead.
  • Jones retired seven to earn the save .
  • (professional wrestling, slang) A point in a professional wrestling match when one or more wrestlers run to the ring to aid a fellow wrestler who is being beaten.
  • The giant wrestler continued to beat down his smaller opponent, until several wrestlers ran in for the save .
  • (computing) The act, process, or result of saving data to a storage medium.
  • If you’re hit by a power cut, you’ll lose all of your changes since your last save .
    The game console can store up to eight saves on a single cartridge.



  • (label) To prevent harm or difficulty.
  • # To help (somebody) to survive, or rescue (somebody or something) from harm.
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    , passage=One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.}}

  • # To keep (something) safe; to safeguard.
  • #* (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • Thou hastquitted all to save / A world from utter loss.
  • # To spare (somebody) from effort, or from something undesirable.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • I’ll save you / That labour, sir. All’s now done.
  • # (label) To redeem or protect someone from eternal damnation.
  • # (label) To catch or deflect (a shot at goal).
  • #* 2012 , Chelsea 6-0 Wolves
  • Chelsea’s youngsters, who looked lively throughout, then combined for the second goal in the seventh minute. Romeu’s shot was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Dorus De Vries but Piazon kept the ball alive and turned it back for an unmarked Bertrand to blast home.
  • To put aside, to avoid.
  • # (label) To store for future use.
  • # (label) To conserve or prevent the wasting of.
  • #*
  • #*:An indulgent playmate, Grannie would lay aside the long scratchy-looking letter she was writing (heavily crossed ‘to save notepaper’) and enter into the delightful pastime of ‘a chicken from Mr Whiteley’s’.
  • # (label) To obviate or make unnecessary.
  • #* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Will you not speak to save a lady’s blush?
  • # To write a file to disk or other storage medium.
  • # (label) To economize or avoid waste.
  • # To accumulate money or valuables.
  • Usage notes

    In computing sense “to write a file”, also used as phrasal verb (save down) informally. Compare other computing phrasal verbs such as (print out) and (close out).

    Derived terms

    * save as
    * saved by the bell
    * saved game, savegame
    * save file, savefile
    * save point, savepoint
    * save slot
    * save state
    * save the day
    * to save one’s life


    (English prepositions )

  • Except; with the exception of.
  • :
  • *
  • *:Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  • Synonyms

    * (with the exception of) except


    (English Conjunctions )

  • (dated) unless; except
  • Derived terms

    * save as




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