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preserve

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verb pre·serve \pri-ˈzərv\

Simple Definition of preserve

  • : to keep (something) in its original state or in good condition

  • : to keep (something) safe from harm or loss

  • : to prevent (food) from decaying

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of preserve

preserved

preserving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction :  protect

  3. 2 a :  to keep alive, intact, or free from decay b :  maintain

  4. 3 a :  to keep or save from decomposition b :  to can, pickle, or similarly prepare for future use

  5. 4 :  to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to make preserves

  8. 2 :  to raise and protect game for purposes of sport

  9. 3 :  to be able to be preserved (as by canning)

preservability

play \-ˌzər-və-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

preservable

play \-ˈzər-və-bəl\ adjective

preservation

play \ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən\ noun

preserver

play \pri-ˈzər-vər\ noun

Examples of preserve in a sentence

  1. The fossil was well preserved.

  2. These laws are intended to help preserve our natural resources.

  3. They are fighting to preserve their rights as citizens.

  4. The peaches are preserved in syrup.

  5. Salt can be used to preserve meat.



Origin and Etymology of preserve

Middle English, from Medieval Latin praeservare, from Late Latin, to observe beforehand, from Latin prae- + servare to keep, guard, observe — more at conserve


First Known Use: 14th century


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preserve

noun pre·serve

Simple Definition of preserve

  • : a sweet food made of fruit cooked in sugar

  • : an area where plants, animals, minerals, etc., are protected

  • : an activity, job, interest, etc., that is available to or considered suitable for only a particular group of people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of preserve

  1. 1 :  fruit canned or made into jams or jellies or cooked whole or in large pieces in a syrup so as to keep its shape —often used in plural

  2. 2 :  an area restricted for the protection and preservation of natural resources (as animals or plants) <a game preserve for regulated hunting or fishing> <nature preserves>

  3. 3 :  something regarded as reserved for certain persons

Examples of preserve in a sentence

  1. a jar of strawberry preserve

  2. Game preserves allow only carefully controlled hunting and fishing.

  3. The military was once an all-male preserve.



1600

First Known Use of preserve

1600



PRESERVE Defined for Kids

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preserve

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verb pre·serve \pri-ˈzərv\

Definition of preserve for Students

preserved

preserving

  1. 1 :  to keep or save from injury, loss, or ruin :  protect <The laws will help preserve rain forests.>

  2. 2 :  to prepare (as by canning or pickling) fruits or vegetables to be kept for future use

  3. 3 :  maintain 2, continue <preserve silence>

preserver

noun



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preserve

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noun pre·serve

Definition of preserve for Students

  1. 1 :  a sweet food made of fruit cooked in sugar —often used in pl. <strawberry preserves>

  2. 2 :  an area where land and animals are protected




Medical Dictionary

preserve

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transitive verb pre·serve \pri-ˈzərv\

Medical Definition of preserve

preserved

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preserving

  1. 1:  to keep alive, intact, or free from decay

  2. 2:  to keep or save from decomposition




Law Dictionary

preserve

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transitive verb pre·serve \pri-ˈzərv\

Legal Definition of preserve

preserved

preserving

  1. 1 :  to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction <expenses necessary to preserve the property>

  2. 2a :  to keep valid, intact, or in existence (as pending a proceeding) <the right of a trial by jury shall be preservedU.S. Constitution amend. VII> <the dismissal of a chapter 7 case…reinstates certain transfers voided or preserved in the case — J. H. Williamson> b :  to maintain for use or consideration at a later time especially by keeping a record of <deposed the witness to preserve her testimony> <a party has the option of preserving the objection raised — J. H. Friedenthal et al.>

preservation

\ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən\ play noun




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