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Definition to take great pleasure from; or the pleasure or flavor enjoyed

More rarely, savory can refer to an aroma or flavor that is not sweet, or to a specific spice of the mint family or related plants.

Even more rarely, savor can mean to have traces of — as when Alexander Hamilton wrote "Its situation must always savor of weakness."
  • Savor the soup.
savor = take pleasure from
  • She savored every moment they spent together.
  • Since his wife died, life had lost its savor.
  • She savored every minute of the trip.
  • savored = took great pleasure from
  • I take my time going uphill, savoring the feel of grass on my knuckles.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • savoring = taking great pleasure from
  • Judge Taylor savored his Sunday night hour alone in his big house, and churchtime found him holed up in his study reading the writings of Bob Taylor (no kin, but the judge would have been proud to claim it).
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • savored = took great pleasure from
  • She leaned back on her chair, beaming, as if remembering something savory.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • savory = flavorful in a delightful way
  • When he ate, he savored every bite as if it were the last he would ever eat.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • savored = took great pleasure from (relished)
  • The Witch, mouth wide, savoring doom,
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • savoring = taking great pleasure from
  • She'd have to savor the moment only in her memory.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • savor = relish
  • Either way, he seemed to savor life more fully than others appeared to, and that was what had first attracted her to him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • savor = to relish (take great pleasure from)
  • I watch the officer closely as I slowly eat my cookies. I savor them as long as I can. I don't know when I will be eating again.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • savor = relish (take great pleasure from)
  • When she's alone, she savors her apartment of high ceilings and windows that let in the sky, the new carpeting and walls white as typing paper, the walk-in pantry with empty shelves, her bedroom without a door, her office with its typewriter, and the big front-room windows with their view of a street, rooftops, trees, and the dizzy traffic of the Kennedy Expressway.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • savors = takes great pleasure from
  • The deepest joys of eating come when we slow down to savor our food and share it with people welove.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • Without any ritual, without ceremony, they savored the warm bread and shared the wine and laughed about the stranger moments of the weekend.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Pollard let Seabiscuit savor this last rival, then asked him again.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • We stand there for a moment, staring at each other, savoring it.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • And then by and by, Linnie had just seemed to stop savoring the sight of him.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I remember the burnt sugar sweet, the sharp savoury that followed.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use savory.)
  • They savour of the heretical views of the Anabaptists, views that I have completely refuted in four of my unpublished sermons.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest

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