verb (used with object), pre·served, pre·serv·ing.
verb (used without object), pre·served, pre·serv·ing.
Origin of preserve
Synonyms for preserve
Antonyms for preserve
Related Words for preserveperpetuate, protect, save, secure, uphold, defend, freeze, keep, sustain, retain, safeguard, conserve, store, refrigerate, shield, shelter, season, mummify, evaporate, process
Examples from the Web for preserve
Contemporary Examples of preserve
Or bold stands that may not preserve our security today or tomorrow, but keep our principles safely intact?Should the U.S. Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?
December 21, 2014
These cases demonstrate how governments struggle to preserve historic sites.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
November 16, 2014
Why do they sincerely try to restore, or preserve, the line between the two, and get heartbroken when the line fails?A Reminder: Our Justices are Politicians in Robes
November 13, 2014
Advocates claimed that it helped to preserve virtue and to affirm the application of Sharia law.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve.Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent
Harvey J. Kaye
October 22, 2014
Historical Examples of preserve
May the powers that guide our destiny, preserve you from any real cause for shame.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Let us, then, look to the great cause, and endeavor to preserve it in full force.
And it is the world's only hope, to conquer poverty and preserve peace.
When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act.
Unless we in America work to preserve the peace, there will be no peace.
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.