Preserve definition

prĭ-zûrv
To keep or maintain intact.

Tried to preserve family harmony.

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To keep in perfect or unaltered condition; maintain unchanged.

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

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To prepare (food) for storage or future use, as by canning or salting.
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To keep up; carry on; maintain.
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To keep from injury, peril, or harm; protect.
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Fruit cooked with sugar to protect against decay or fermentation.
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To keep from harm, damage, danger, evil, etc.; protect; save.
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To keep from spoiling or rotting.
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To keep from injury, peril, or harm; protect.
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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.

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To keep or maintain intact.

Tried to preserve family harmony.

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

Preserved the specimen in a chemical solution.

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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.

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To maintain (an area) for the protection of wildlife or natural resources.
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To treat fruit or other foods so as to prevent decay.
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To maintain an area for the protection of wildlife or natural resources.
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A sweet spread made of any of a variety of berries.
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A reservation, a nature preserve.
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To protect; to keep from harm or injury.
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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.

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To maintain throughout; to keep intact.

To preserve appearances; to preserve silence.

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Something that acts to preserve; a preservative.
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An area maintained for the protection of wildlife or natural resources.
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To prevent (organic bodies) from decaying or spoiling.

Preserved the specimen in a chemical solution.

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To protect (wildlife or natural resources) in a designated area, often for regulated hunting or fishing.
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A place where game, fish, etc. are preserved.
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Any place or activity treated as the special domain of some person or group.
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Something considered as being the exclusive province of certain persons.

Ancient Greek is the preserve of scholars.

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To prepare (food), as by canning, pickling, salting, etc., for future use.
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To maintain and protect (game, fish, etc.) in an area, esp. for regulated hunting or fishing.
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To preserve fruit, etc.
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To maintain a game preserve.
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Fruit preserved whole or in large pieces by cooking with sugar.
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Something that preserves or is preserved.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
preserve
Plural:
preserves

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