preserve

[ pri-zurv ]
/ prɪˈzɜrv /

verb (used with object), pre·served, pre·serv·ing.

verb (used without object), pre·served, pre·serv·ing.

to preserve fruit, vegetables, etc.; make preserves.
to maintain a preserve for game or fish, especially for sport.

noun


Nearby words

  1. presentment,
  2. presents,
  3. preservation,
  4. preservationist,
  5. preservative,
  6. preserving,
  7. preset,
  8. preset board,
  9. preshave,
  10. preshrink

Origin of preserve

1325–75; Middle English preserven < Medieval Latin praeservāre to guard (Late Latin: to observe), equivalent to Latin prae- pre- + servāre to watch over, keep, preserve, observe

Related forms

Synonym study

2. See defend.

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British Dictionary definitions for preservation

preserve

/ (prɪˈzɜːv) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Forms

Word Origin for preserve

C14: via Old French, from Late Latin praeservāre literally: to keep safe in advance, from Latin prae- before + servāre to keep safe

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