[ pri-zurv ]
/ prɪˈzɜrv /

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.


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

synonym study for preserve

2. See defend.

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British Dictionary definitions for preserve

/ (prɪˈzɜːv) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived forms of preserve

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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