preserve

verb
pre·​serve | \ pri-ˈzərv How to pronounce preserve (audio) \
preserved; preserving

Definition of preserve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction : protect
2a : to keep alive, intact, or free from decay
3a : 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)

preserve

noun

Definition of preserve (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from preserve

Verb

preservability \ pri-​ˌzər-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce preservability (audio) \ noun
preservable \ pri-​ˈzər-​və-​bəl How to pronounce preservable (audio) \ adjective
preserver \ pri-​ˈzər-​vər How to pronounce preserver (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for preserve

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of preserve in a Sentence

Verb The fossil was well preserved. These laws are intended to help preserve our natural resources. They are fighting to preserve their rights as citizens. The peaches are preserved in syrup. Salt can be used to preserve meat. Noun a jar of strawberry preserve Game preserves allow only carefully controlled hunting and fishing. The military was once an all-male preserve.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Davidson had purchased a plot of land in the Honduran tourist town of Copán Ruinas, home to a Unesco World Heritage Site dedicated to preserving a lost Mayan city in the Sacred Valley of the Guacamayas. Jordan Salama, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Stunning Scarlet Macaw Came Back From the Brink," 28 Apr. 2020 The same is true of preserving and reinstalling historic murals or sculptures when an old school building faces demolition and replacement. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Berea City School District should show respect for historic ‘Tree of Knowledge’’ sculpture," 26 Apr. 2020 After the novel’s paperback release, Mandel talked about preserving art after apocalypse with NPR’s Scott Simon. Donna Wares, Los Angeles Times, "Book Club newsletter: ‘Station Eleven’ finds art in apocalypse," 25 Apr. 2020 The Dining Bond Initiative may be crucial in preserving local flavors. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, "These Dining Gift Cards Increase in Value Over Time, so You'll Have More Money to Spend Once Restaurants and Bars Reopen," 21 Apr. 2020 There was interest in preserving or redesigning the sign, but multiple parties deemed it financially unfeasible. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "The vintage neon Prescott Valley Motel sign has been saved. Here's what's next," 14 Apr. 2020 Imbibers will also appreciate her shrubs, a form of preserving fruit in vinegar and often incorporated into boozy beverages. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "New cookbook ‘It Starts with Fruit’ is what you need to make the most of Texas’ strawberries with jams, jellies and more," 8 Apr. 2020 The rising death toll and increased attention on preserving social distancing requirements while Mobile has approached a peak led to Stimpson, on Monday, to contemplate whether a strict 10% capacity limit should be issued at big-box retail stores. al, "Mobile backs away from stricter crowd sizes at big box stores," 15 Apr. 2020 About a third of the $349 billion for preserving small businesses' payrolls has been approved. Josh Boak, USA TODAY, "'I'm fixing to be evicted — I can't pay anything.' From people and firms desperate for aid, one question: When?," 13 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bake at 350 degrees until the sweet potatoes and pineapple are hot and the preserves are syrupy, about 3/4 hour. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to use Thanksgiving leftovers," 22 Nov. 2019 The preserve is also home to Deer Hollow Farm, a working farm with cows, pigs, goats and chickens. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Peninsula’s most popular open space preserve fully reopens after mountain lions retreat," 29 Aug. 2019 The preserve is home to numerous habitats, including the golden eagle. Ramona Sentinel, "Supervisors expand grasslands preserve," 13 June 2019 The sort of high-quality imagery that, a couple of decades ago, was the preserve of spies in rich and powerful countries is now freely available to users of Google Maps. The Economist, "Submarine cables could be repurposed as earthquake detectors," 16 June 2018 The preserve is an important part of the 6,000 acre lakeshore area known as the Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain, covering 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Observation deck planned for Winthrop Harbor nature preserve off Lake Michigan," 2 Feb. 2018 The preserve is open from sunrise to sunset, and there is no charge for parking or access at any of the seven major trailheads. Dallas News, "Hike it, ride it, kayak it: 3 ways to see the Arizona desert," 23 Mar. 2020 The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and Fire Department responded to the scene and the preserve was closed until further notice. Jon Haworth, ABC News, "6-year-old girl attacked by mountain lion, saved by adult who punched cat in ribs during mauling," 17 Feb. 2020 Contrary to popular belief, digital video is no longer the preserve of the young. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "OTT platforms may dethrone TV as the first stop for entertainment in India," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of preserve

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for preserve

Verb

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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Time Traveler for preserve

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The first known use of preserve was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

1 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Preserve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preserve. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for preserve

preserve

verb
How to pronounce preserve (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of preserve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of preserve (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
pre·​serve | \ pri-ˈzərv How to pronounce preserve (audio) \
preserved; preserving

Kids Definition of preserve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 sense 2, continue preserve silence

Other Words from preserve

preserver noun

preserve

noun

Kids Definition of preserve (Entry 2 of 2)

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
pre·​serve | \ pri-ˈzərv How to pronounce preserve (audio) \
preserved; preserving

Medical Definition of preserve

1 : to keep alive, intact, or free from decay
2 : to keep or save from decomposition

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pre·​serve | \ pri-ˈzərv How to pronounce preserve (audio) \
preserved; preserving

Legal Definition of preserve

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

Other Words from preserve

preservation \ ˌpre-​zər-​ˈvā-​shən How to pronounce preservation (audio) \ noun

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