verb (used with object), pre·served, pre·serv·ing.
verb (used without object), pre·served, pre·serv·ing.
- preset board,
Origin of preserve
Examples from the Web for preservable
They are elegant in form and color, varied, preservable, and by no means costly.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
What is happening everywhere to every form of beneficial and preservable wild life that is not being actively protected to-day?Supplement to Animal Sanctuaries in Labrador|William Wood
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for preserve
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.