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 preserver
He could be remade into a defender of the environment, a preserver of habitats and champion of rainforest ecology.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?|Ted Gioia|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Swedes, full of gratitude and love for their preserver, wanted him to be crowned King of Sweden.The Boy's Book of Heroes|Helena Peake
Vaishnav—worshipper of Vishnu, the preserver, one incarnation of whom is Krishna.Chaitanya's Life And Teachings|Krishna das Kaviraja
Common gratitude would have bound the Pawnee to his preserver for life.Footprints in the Forest|Edward Sylvester Ellis
This man, who is so indifferent to danger for himself, is ready to die with anxiety for the safety of his preserver!Quintus Claudius, Volume 2 of 2|Ernst Eckstein
Nan turned eyes still full of horror on Jack's preserver, while Jack herself held out her hand.The Four Corners in Japan|Amy Ella Blanchard
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.