- to keep alive or in existence; make lasting: to preserve our liberties as free citizens.
- to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare.
- to keep up; maintain: to preserve historical monuments.
- to keep possession of; retain: to preserve one's composure.
- to prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation.
- to prepare (fruit, vegetables, etc.) by cooking with sugar, pickling, canning, or the like.
- to maintain and reserve (game, fish, etc.) for continued survival or for private use, as in hunting or fishing.
- to preserve fruit, vegetables, etc.; make preserves.
- to maintain a preserve for game or fish, especially for sport.
- something that preserves.
- that which is preserved.
- Usually preserves. fruit, vegetables, etc., prepared by cooking with sugar.
- a place set apart for protection and propagation of game or fish, especially for sport.
Origin of preserve
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Examples from the Web for preservation
Without the community, the ultimate destiny of any preservation project, no matter how ambitious, will be short-lived.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
November 16, 2014
As Yablon pointed out at the opening, some time capsules do not invite the public to submit their own artifacts for preservation.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
By stimulating regions of the brain, the preservation of muscle activity and sensation can be confirmed.DARPA’s $40 Million Plan to Save Soldiers’ Brains
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Michael Zhang
July 15, 2014
But now, thanks in part to grants and preservation efforts, the bakery is thriving.New Orleans Celebrates Its Favorite Sandwich at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
November 26, 2013
The preservation of potential for life on earth is a threat.Harrison Ford Discusses ‘Ender’s Game,’ Drone Warfare, Vietnam, and Playing A Badass President
October 28, 2013
They are the preservation of the rights of the several States and the integrity of the Union.
And they have the political power still, if they only had the sense to use it for their preservation.The Secret Agent
The preservation of 'free soil for free men,' will alone be satisfactory.Cleveland Past and Present
The 'suprema lex' was the preservation of the family, and the interest of the State.
Tradition told them of many destructions of mankind and of the preservation of a remnant.
- to keep safe from danger or harm; protect
- to protect from decay or dissolution; maintainto preserve old buildings
- to maintain possession of; keep upto preserve a façade of indifference
- to prevent from decomposition or chemical change
- to prepare (food), as by freezing, drying, or salting, so that it will resist decomposition
- to make preserves of (fruit, etc)
- to rear and protect (game) in restricted places for hunting or fishing
- (intr) to maintain protection and favourable conditions for game in preserves
- something that preserves or is preserved
- a special area or domainarchaeology is the preserve of specialists
- (usually plural) fruit, etc, prepared by cooking with sugar
- areas where game is reared for private hunting or fishing
Word Origin and History for preservation
early 15c., preservacioun "protection from disease," from Old French preservacion (13c.), from Medieval Latin preservationem (nominative preservatio), noun of action from past participle stem of preservare (see preserve (v.)).
late 14c., "keep safe," from Anglo-French preservare, Old French preserver, from Medieval Latin preservare "keep, preserve," from Late Latin praeservare "guard beforehand," from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + servare "to keep safe" (see observe). As a treatment of fruit, etc., 1570s; of organic bodies from 1610s. Related: Preserved; preserving.
"fruit preserved with sugar," c.1600, from preserve (v.). Earlier it meant "a preservative" (1550s). Sense of "protected place for animals or plants" (a sense more properly belonging to conserve) is from 1807.