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preserve

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verb pre·serve \ pri-ˈzərv \

Definition of preserve

preserved; preserving
transitive verb
1 :to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction :protect
2 a :to keep alive, intact, or free from decay
3 a :to keep or save from decomposition
b :to can, pickle, or similarly prepare for future use
4 :to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
intransitive verb
1 :to make preserves
2 :to raise and protect game for purposes of sport
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.

Recent Examples of preserve from the Web

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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


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preserve

noun

Definition of preserve

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

Recent Examples of preserve from the Web

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First Known Use of preserve

1698



PRESERVE Defined for English Language Learners

preserve

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verb

Definition of preserve for English Language Learners

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

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

  • : to prevent (food) from decaying


preserve

noun

Definition of preserve for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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 :to keep or save from injury, loss, or ruin :protect
  • The laws will help preserve rain forests.
2 :to prepare (as by canning or pickling) fruits or vegetables to be kept for future use
3 :maintain 2, continue
  • preserve silence

preserver

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preserve

noun

Definition of preserve for Students

1 :a sweet food made of fruit cooked in sugar often used in pl.
  • strawberry preserves
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; preserving
1 :to keep alive, intact, or free from decay
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 :to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction
  • expenses necessary to preserve the property
2 a :to keep valid, intact, or in existence (as pending a proceeding)
  • the right of a trial by jury shall be preserved
  • U.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

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