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 preserverliberator, hero, salvation, defender, protector, rightist, traditionalist, reactionary, diehard, classicist, moderate, guardian, conservator, deliverer, rescuer, stick-in-the-mud, right, redneck, obstructionist, Tory
Examples from the Web for preserver
Contemporary Examples of 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?
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of preserver
The father and mother received me as their preserver, and they may have been sincere.
When he saw me he threw his arms about my neck, calling me his preserver.
By the best of rights—that of her preserver, hoping soon to be her lover.The Midnight Queen
May Agnes Fleming
"Take me to see Fifine's preserver," she said in a commanding voice.Mary Gray
With a sigh she opened her eyes and turned them in gratitude upon her preserver.Rabbi and Priest
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.