- 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.
Origin of preserve
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Examples from the Web for preserved
“The innocence of young people must be preserved at all costs,” said Glees.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
January 7, 2015
Only after the Confederates surrendered Atlanta 150 years ago did Americans know that the Union would be preserved.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
One skeleton in particular has become famous for the brutal way she died and the ethereal way her body was preserved.The Cave Where Mayans Sacrificed Humans Is Open for Visitors
August 14, 2014
“We carved out the carcasses and I preserved the skins,” says Kaye.Edible Taxidermy: It’s a Good Thing
August 5, 2014
He wanted neither his brain nor his body studied or preserved.Invasion of the Celebrity Body Snatchers, From Charlie Chaplin to Casey Kasem
July 19, 2014
The child was preserved, and brought up in the temple of Phœbus.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I have told you how the Egyptians preserved speech by means of little figures.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Our Confederacy, fellow-citizens, can only be preserved by the same forbearance.
You must not forget that these good signori who have preserved us are also English.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
She went a little pale over her mistakes, but preserved her dignity and her wits.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- to keep safe from danger or harm; protect
- to protect from decay or dissolution; maintainto preserve old buildings
- to maintain possession of; keep upto 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 domainarchaeology is the preserve of specialists
- (usually plural) fruit, etc, prepared by cooking with sugar
- areas where game is reared for private hunting or fishing
Word Origin and History for preserved
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.