salvage sal‧vage [ˈsælvɪdʒ] verb [transitive]
1. to save goods or property from a situation in which things have already been damaged or destroyed:

• Unsuccessful attempts were made to salvage the ship immediately after it sank.

2. if someone salvages a deal when there have been serious disagreements and problems about it, they find a way to make people accept it:

• He salvaged a last-minute deal to sell the state's interests in the bank.

— salvage noun [uncountable]

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salvage UK US /ˈsælvɪdʒ/ verb [T]
TRANSPORT, PROPERTY, INSURANCE to save goods from being damaged or destroyed, especially from a ship that has sunk or been damaged, or a building that has been damaged by fire or a flood: »

Workers are attempting to salvage timber in the aftermath of the hurricanes.

to succeed in achieving or saving something that is in a difficult situation: salvage a deal »

The country still held out hope of salvaging its largest foreign investment deal.

salvage a business »

He is a corporate firefighter brought in to salvage a business that still has some valuable assets.


salvage share prices

salvage UK US /ˈsælvɪdʒ/ noun [U]
TRANSPORT, PROPERTY, INSURANCE the act of saving goods from being damaged or destroyed: the salvage of sth »

The salvage of building materials from the site of the fire was continuing.


salvage efforts/operations


a salvage company


the salvage industry/market

(also salvage material) COMMERCE waste material or material that has not been used that has value because it can be sold: »

The pigs ate contaminated pet food sold to farms as salvage.


Many of the buildings have been erected out of salvage material.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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