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Saving vs Earning - What's the difference?

saving | earning |

As verbs the difference between saving and earning

is that saving is while earning is .

As a noun saving

is a reduction in cost or expenditure.

As an adjective saving

is (theology) that saves someone from damnation; redemptive.

As a preposition saving

is with the exception of; except; save.




  • A reduction in cost or expenditure.
  • The shift of the supplier gave us a saving of 10 percent.
  • (countable, usually plural) Something (usually money) that is saved.
  • I invested all my savings in gold.
  • (uncountable) The action of the verb to save.
  • (obsolete) exception; reservation
  • * L'Estrange
  • Contend not with those that are too strong for us, but still with a saving to honesty.


  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (theology) That saves someone from damnation; redemptive.
  • Preserving; rescuing.
  • * Bible, Psalms xxviii. 8
  • He is the saving strength of his anointed.
  • Thrifty; frugal.
  • a saving cook
  • * 1932 , (Lewis Grassic Gibbon), Sunset Song'', Polygon 2006 (''A Scots Quair ), p. 14:
  • Three of her bairns were drowned at sea, fishing off the Bervie braes they had been, but the fourth, the boy Cospatric, him that died the same day as the Old Queen, he was douce and saving and sensible, and set putting the estate to rights.
  • Bringing back in returns or in receipts the sum expended; incurring no loss, though not gainful.
  • a saving bargain
    The ship has made a saving voyage.
  • Making reservation or exception.
  • a saving clause


    (English prepositions)
  • With the exception of; except; save.
  • * Bible, Revelations ii. 17
  • And in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
  • Without disrespect to.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Saving your reverence.
  • * Burns
  • Saving your presence.

    Derived terms

    * life savings * saving grace




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