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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

Full Definition of preserve

pre·servedpre·serv·ing

  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)

pre·serv·abil·i·ty play \-ˌzər-və-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
pre·serv·able play \-ˈzər-və-bəl\ adjective
pres·er·va·tion play \ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən\ noun
pre·serv·er play \pri-ˈzər-vər\ noun

Examples of preserve

  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. a subtance that helps preserve wood

  5. The peaches are preserved in syrup.

  6. Salt can be used to preserve meat.



Origin 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

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

  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


Medical Dictionary

preserve

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transitive verb pre·serve \pri-ˈzərv\

Medical Definition of preserve

pre·servedpre·serv·ing

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

  2. 2:  to keep or save from decomposition






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