Preserve meaning

prĭ-zûrv'
To preserve is to protect or keep something as it is or in its original state.

An example of preserve is when you try to save the forest or preserve the forest in its original state.

An example of preserve is when you try to fix up an old house without changing any of the character.

verb
8
2
To keep in perfect or unaltered condition; maintain unchanged.

Fossils preserved in sediments; a film preserved in the archives.

verb
5
2
To keep or maintain intact.

Tried to preserve family harmony.

verb
5
2
To keep from injury, peril, or harm; protect.
verb
4
3
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.

An example of a preserve is a wild animal preserve.

noun
4
4
Advertisement
To prepare (food) for storage or future use, as by canning or salting.
verb
2
2
Fruit cooked with sugar to protect against decay or fermentation.
noun
2
2
Something that acts to preserve; a preservative.
noun
1
2
An area maintained for the protection of wildlife or natural resources.
noun
1
2
To treat fruit or other foods so as to prevent decay.
verb
0
0
Advertisement
Something considered as being the exclusive province of certain persons.

Ancient Greek is the preserve of scholars.

noun
0
1
To keep from harm, damage, danger, evil, etc.; protect; save.
verb
0
1
To keep from spoiling or rotting.
verb
0
1
To prepare (food), as by canning, pickling, salting, etc., for future use.
verb
0
1
To keep up; carry on; maintain.
verb
0
1
Advertisement
To maintain and protect (game, fish, etc.) in an area, esp. for regulated hunting or fishing.
verb
0
1
To preserve fruit, etc.
verb
0
1
To maintain a game preserve.
verb
0
1
Fruit preserved whole or in large pieces by cooking with sugar.
noun
0
1
A place where game, fish, etc. are preserved.
noun
0
1
Advertisement
Any place or activity treated as the special domain of some person or group.
noun
0
1
Something that preserves or is preserved.
noun
0
1
To keep from injury, peril, or harm; protect.
verb
0
1
To keep or maintain intact.

Tried to preserve family harmony.

verb
0
1
To prepare food for storage or future use, as by canning or salting.
verb
0
1
Advertisement
To prevent organic bodies from decaying or spoiling.

Preserved the specimen in a chemical solution.

verb
0
1
A sweet spread made of any of a variety of berries.
noun
0
1
A reservation, a nature preserve.
noun
0
1
noun
0
1
To protect; to keep from harm or injury.
verb
0
1
Advertisement
To save from decay by the use of some preservative substance, such as as sugar or salt; to season and prepare (fruits, meat, etc.) for storage.

To preserve peaches or grapes.

verb
0
1
To maintain throughout; to keep intact.

To preserve appearances; to preserve silence.

verb
0
1
To prevent (organic bodies) from decaying or spoiling.

Preserved the specimen in a chemical solution.

verb
0
2
To maintain an area for the protection of wildlife or natural resources.
verb
0
2

Origin of preserve

  • Middle English preserven from Old French preserver from Medieval Latin praeservāre from Late Latin to observe beforehand Latin prae- pre- Latin servāre to guard, preserve ser-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition