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[ pri-zurv ]

verb (used with object)

, pre·served, pre·serv·ing.
  1. to keep alive or in existence; make lasting:

    to preserve our liberties as free citizens.

    Synonyms: conserve

    Antonyms: destroy

  2. to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare.

    Synonyms: shield, shelter, safeguard

  3. to keep up; maintain:

    to preserve historical monuments.

    Synonyms: sustain, continue, keep up

  4. to keep possession of; retain:

    to preserve one's composure.

  5. to prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation.
  6. to prepare (fruit, vegetables, etc.) by cooking with sugar, pickling, canning, or the like.
  7. to maintain and reserve (game, fish, etc.) for continued survival or for private use, as in hunting or fishing.

verb (used without object)

, pre·served, pre·serv·ing.
  1. to preserve fruit, vegetables, etc.; make preserves.
  2. to maintain a preserve for game or fish, especially for sport.


  1. something that preserves.
  2. that which is preserved.
  3. Usually preserves. fruit, vegetables, etc., prepared by cooking with sugar.
  4. a place set apart for protection and propagation of game or fish, especially for sport.


/ ˌprɛzəˈveɪʃən; prɪˈzɜːv /


  1. to keep safe from danger or harm; protect
  2. to protect from decay or dissolution; maintain

    to preserve old buildings

  3. to maintain possession of; keep up

    to preserve a façade of indifference

  4. to prevent from decomposition or chemical change
  5. to prepare (food), as by freezing, drying, or salting, so that it will resist decomposition
  6. to make preserves of (fruit, etc)
  7. to rear and protect (game) in restricted places for hunting or fishing
  8. intr to maintain protection and favourable conditions for game in preserves


  1. something that preserves or is preserved
  2. a special area or domain

    archaeology is the preserve of specialists

  3. usually plural fruit, etc, prepared by cooking with sugar
  4. areas where game is reared for private hunting or fishing
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Derived Forms

  • preˈserver, noun
  • preˈservably, adverb
  • preˌservaˈbility, noun
  • preservation, noun
  • preˈservable, adjective
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Other Words From

  • pre·serv·a·ble adjective
  • pre·serv·a·bil·i·ty [pri-zur-v, uh, -, bil, -i-tee], noun
  • pres·er·va·tion [prez-er-, vey, -sh, uh, n], noun
  • pre·serv·er noun
  • non·pre·serv·a·ble adjective
  • un·pre·serv·a·ble adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of preserve1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English preserven, from Medieval Latin praeservāre “to guard” ( Late Latin: “to observe”), equivalent to Latin prae- prefix meaning “before, prior to, in advance” ( pre- ) + servāre “to watch over, keep, preserve, observe”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of preserve1

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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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

He even went so far as trying, unsuccessfully, to turn a significant section of Southeast Alaska into a brown bear preserve.

The study of extreme market failures—shutdowns due to war, for example—has generally been the preserve of the former discipline, but the pandemic has forced the wider economics profession to switch focus.

That’s the preserve of newer, more powerful types of software called neural networks, complex artificial intelligence programs designed to mimic the computational processes of the human brain.

From Fortune

Upcoming developments, however, aren’t only the preserve of the HR team.

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Closed to the public for decades as a private ranch, the 880-acre nature preserve has 11 miles of quality multi-use singletrack that traverses woodlands and coastal ridgelines, allowing the adventure hungry to spread out into new terrain.

Or bold stands that may not preserve our security today or tomorrow, but keep our principles safely intact?

These cases demonstrate how governments struggle to preserve historic sites.

Why do they sincerely try to restore, or preserve, the line between the two, and get heartbroken when the line fails?

It was captioned Preserve Your Forests From Destruction And Protect Your Country From Floods And Drought.

Advocates claimed that it helped to preserve virtue and to affirm the application of Sharia law.

She is skilful in seizing salient characteristics, and her chief aim is to preserve the individuality of her sitters and models.

If properly dried and pressed, it is possible to preserve the Fern fronds with a great deal of their natural colour.

The new Government to preserve public order and check all reprisals against the Spaniards.

To accept so much and still preserve one's self-respect would be impossible to ordinary men under ordinary circumstances.

Those required to sustain life and preserve decency, besides other things to maintain her in her social condition.