noun Date: 1887 1. one trained to save lives of drowning persons 2. one that is at once timely and effective in time of distress or need

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lifesaver — ☆ lifesaver [līf′sāv΄ər ] n. 1. a person or thing that saves people from drowning, as a lifeguard 2. Informal a person or thing that gives aid in time of need …   English World dictionary

  • lifesaver — life|sav|er [ˈlaıfseıvə US ər] n 1.) someone or something that helps you avoid a difficult or unpleasant situation ▪ A microwave oven can be a real lifesaver when you re pressed for time. 2.) someone or something that prevents you from dying ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • lifesaver — UK [ˈlaɪfˌseɪvə(r)] / US [ˈlaɪfˌseɪvər] noun [countable] Word forms lifesaver : singular lifesaver plural lifesavers 1) a) something that prevents someone from being killed b) informal a person or thing that gets someone out of a difficult… …   English dictionary

  • lifesaver — /ˈlaɪfseɪvə / (say luyfsayvuh) noun 1. a person trained in rescue and resuscitation methods, who patrols beaches, pools, lakes and other places of aquatic recreation: *He yelled for help attracting the attention of lifesavers and one went to his… …   Australian English dictionary

  • lifesaver — lifesaving, adj., n. /luyf say veuhr/, n. 1. a person who rescues another from danger of death, esp. from drowning. 2. a person or thing that saves a person, as from a difficult situation or critical moment: That money was a lifesaver. 3. Chiefly …   Universalium

  • lifesaver — noun a) Someone or something that saves lives. My dad loves his job as a surf lifesaver. b) Someone or something that is very useful or helpful. Paramedics are not just ordinary workers, but lifesavers with a very important job …   Wiktionary

  • lifesaver — noun (C) 1 someone or something that helps you avoid a difficult or unpleasant situation: Thanks for all your help, Carrie, you ve been a real lifesaver! 2 a life guard …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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