To preserve is to protect or keep something as it is or in its original state.(verb)
The definition of a preserve is a place where animals are cared for in order to lengthen their lives, or a fruit preserved in large chunks.(noun)
An example of a preserve is a wild animal preserve.
See preserve in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME preserven < MFr preserver < ML praeservare, to preserve, protect < LL, to observe beforehand < L prae-, pre- + servare: see observe
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verb pre·served, pre·serv·ing, pre·serves verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English preserven
Origin: , from Old French preserver
Origin: , from Medieval Latin praeservāre
Origin: , from Late Latin, to observe beforehand
Origin: : Latin prae-, pre-
Origin: + Latin servāre, to guard, preserve; see ser-1 in Indo-European roots.
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