verb (used with object), pre·served, pre·serv·ing.
verb (used without object), pre·served, pre·serv·ing.
Origin of preserve
Synonyms for preserve
Antonyms for preserve
Related Words for preservedperpetuate, protect, save, secure, uphold, defend, freeze, keep, sustain, retain, safeguard, conserve, store, refrigerate, shield, shelter, season, mummify, evaporate, process
Examples from the Web for preserved
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of preserved
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
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.