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 preservation
Without the community, the ultimate destiny of any preservation project, no matter how ambitious, will be short-lived.
As Yablon pointed out at the opening, some time capsules do not invite the public to submit their own artifacts for preservation.
By stimulating regions of the brain, the preservation of muscle activity and sensation can be confirmed.
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|Tyler Gillespie|November 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|October 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He could not escape nature's inexorable law regarding the preservation of the species.The German Lieutenant and Other Stories|August Strindberg
There is hardly an essayist of the present day in this country whose work seems better deserving of preservation.Through the Outlooking Glass|Simeon Strunsky
It was in a tolerable state of preservation, though rather rusty.Round Cape Horn|Joseph Lamson
On opening it he found the heads of the suspected burglars packed in tinfoil and in a good state of preservation.Remarks|Bill Nye
Its characteristics are so markedly different, however, that the function of preservation is certainly the main one.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology|Charles Bradfield Morrey
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for preserve
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.