to keep alive or in existence; make lasting: to preserve our liberties as free citizens.
to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare.
to keep up; maintain: to preserve historical monuments.
to keep possession of; retain: to preserve one's composure.
to prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation.
to prepare (fruit, vegetables, etc.) by cooking with sugar, pickling, canning, or the like.
to maintain and reserve (game, fish, etc.) for continued survival or for private use, as in hunting or fishing.
to preserve fruit, vegetables, etc.; make preserves.
to maintain a preserve for game or fish, especially for sport.
something that preserves.
that which is preserved.
Usually preserves. fruit, vegetables, etc., prepared by cooking with sugar.
a place set apart for protection and propagation of game or fish, especially for sport.
- pre·serv·a·ble, adjective
- pre·serv·a·bil·i·ty [pri-zur-vuh-bil-i-tee], /prɪˌzɜr vəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- pres·er·va·tion [prez-er-vey-shuhn], /ˌprɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən/, noun
- pre·serv·er, noun
- non·pre·serv·a·ble, adjective
- un·pre·serv·a·ble, adjective
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How to use preserve in a sentence
He even went so far as trying, unsuccessfully, to turn a significant section of Southeast Alaska into a brown bear preserve.Loggers could soon slice through one of the most important forests in the US | By Bjorn Dihle/ Outdoor Life | September 30, 2020 | Popular-Science
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.Econ 3.0? What economists can contribute to (and learn from) the pandemic | Claire Beatty | September 28, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
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.
Upcoming developments, however, aren’t only the preserve of the HR team.‘It’s all been plan, plan, plan mode:’ Agencies have big ideas for greater diversity, but more action is needed | Seb Joseph | September 15, 2020 | Digiday
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.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil | Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She is skilful in seizing salient characteristics, and her chief aim is to preserve the individuality of her sitters and models.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
If properly dried and pressed, it is possible to preserve the Fern fronds with a great deal of their natural colour.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
The new Government to preserve public order and check all reprisals against the Spaniards.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
To accept so much and still preserve one's self-respect would be impossible to ordinary men under ordinary circumstances.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
Those required to sustain life and preserve decency, besides other things to maintain her in her social condition.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for preserve
to keep safe from danger or harm; protect
to protect from decay or dissolution; maintain: to preserve old buildings
to maintain possession of; keep up: to preserve a façade of indifference
to prevent from decomposition or chemical change
to prepare (food), as by freezing, drying, or salting, so that it will resist decomposition
to make preserves of (fruit, etc)
to rear and protect (game) in restricted places for hunting or fishing
(intr) to maintain protection and favourable conditions for game in preserves
something that preserves or is preserved
a special area or domain: archaeology is the preserve of specialists
(usually plural) fruit, etc, prepared by cooking with sugar
areas where game is reared for private hunting or fishing
- preservable, adjective
- preservability, noun
- preservably, adverb
- preservation (ˌprɛzəˈveɪʃən), noun
- preserver, noun
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