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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

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perpetuate, protect, save, secure, uphold, defend, freeze, keep, sustain, retain, safeguard, conserve, store, refrigerate, shield, shelter, season, mummify, evaporate, process

Nearby words

presentment, presents, preservation, preservationist, preservative, preserve, preserving, preset, preset board, preshave, 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
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2. See defend.
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preserve

/ (prɪˈzɜːv) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

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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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