- 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 preservations
Settling my domestic affairs in order, blessed God for his infinite mercies and preservations the past year.The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)
I also blessed God for all his undeserved mercies and preservations, begging the continuance of his grace and preservation.The Diary of John Evelyn, Volume II (of 2)
If he was wise in these additions, he was no less wise in subtractions and in preservations.The Influence of Old Norse Literature on English Literature
Conrad Hjalmar Nordby
- 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 preservations
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.