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  1. (of food or any perishable substance) prepared by canning, pickling, salting, or the like, or treated by some process to prevent decomposition or fermentation:

    I had never had such fresh-tasting preserved fruit before.

  2. kept safe from harm or injury; protected or spared:

    This is a wonderfully preserved example of Mayan cave art.

  3. kept up or maintained; kept in good condition or health:

    Tucked in Amsterdam’s inner city is a uniquely preserved 17th-century house from the Dutch Golden Age.

  4. kept alive or in existence:

    When I take a portrait photograph, I’m capturing a moment in a life, making it a preserved memory.

  5. (of game or fish, natural habitats, etc.) maintained or reserved for continued hunting or fishing, or for private or public use and appreciation:

    New walking trails will be built through the preserved areas of parkland.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of preserve.

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Other Words From

  • sem·i·pre·served adjective
  • un·pre·served adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of preserved1

First recorded in 1550–60; preserve ( def ) + -ed 2( def ) for the adjective senses; preserve ( def ) + -ed 1( def ) for the verb sense

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Example Sentences

Dusting off old recipes for preserves and stocks can help us reduce food waste, source locally, and ultimately, celebrate traditions.

Find your patch Birds are readily visible from your home, but if that doesn’t work, nearby parks and nature preserves offer surprising abundance.

Authorities shipped most of the zoo’s occupants off to wildlife preserves or public zoos, but they decided the hippos were too large to deal with transporting.

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, blockchain and the underlying technology have traditionally been the preserve of the libertarian right.

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Despite federal protection for the land, loggers illegally, and extensively, felled trees throughout the preserve, which sits on the western coast of Borneo.

“The innocence of young people must be preserved at all costs,” said Glees.

Brutality must be rejected as a “mistake,” but simultaneously preserved as a possible policy option.

The vast majority of the authors listed, however, have none of their writings preserved for us, or mere fragments at most.

Alf Adams did not want to talk rats but he did want to show me his bottle collection preserved in a dusty shed.

In 1992, the movie was selected for the National Film Registry and as such has a print preserved in the Library of Congress.

From accounts preserved of the sums expended at sundry public feasts at Coventry (Anno 1452 to 1464) we find that 2s.

The apocryphal gospels contain many, and some are preserved by Persian and Arabian poets.

As regards Great Britain, the gold standard is yet preserved for all practical purposes.

They are very highly esteemed, and a well preserved example will command a large price.

He must have had plenty of opportunity of identifying it, though he does not tell us whether he preserved it.