verb (used with object), pre·served, pre·serv·ing.
verb (used without object), pre·served, pre·serv·ing.
- preset board,
Origin of preserve
Examples from the Web for preserve
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?
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|DAILY BEAST
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve.
When you hear a carr mentioned in those counties, you always think of a pheasants' preserve.
This receipt you will preserve and return to me in token that you have fulfilled your mission.Lochinvar|S. R. Crockett
Owning to the rapid changes in all the circumstances of our lives, it was difficult to preserve old associations.The Last Voyage|Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Social organization is the natural expression of man's fundamental endeavor to preserve himself.The Philosophy of Spinoza|Baruch de Spinoza
So long as they preserve their vigour and command the Burmans' belief, there is not much fear.The Pacification of Burma|Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
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.