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
b : maintain
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 preserve (audio) \ noun
preservable \ pri-​ˈzər-​və-​bəl How to pronounce preserve (audio) \ adjective
preserver \ pri-​ˈzər-​vər How to pronounce preserve (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 Where: Apple TV+ Based on Isaac Asimov’s series of novels, this sci-fi series follows a group of exiles determined to preserve humanity and rebuild civilization after a mathematics professor (Jared Harris) predicts the fall of the Galactic Empire. cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 High-income earners with a middle-class mindset view money as something to preserve and protect at all costs. Andrew Lanoie, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 That’s partly because of a bigger problem - the lack of long-term funding solutions to preserve and create care facilities. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Sep. 2021 Laura Hook is the latest president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society, the nonprofit organization working to preserve and promote the history of the area since 1978. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2021 Encourage use of estate transfer processes to preserve intergenerational homeownership and reduce foreclosures. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 The Biden administration announced moves that would create, preserve and sell nearly 100,000 affordable homes over the next three years. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 Because institutions with resources to preserve and promote its memory chose not to. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Developers also agreed to preserve the old saw mill and erect a commemorative plaque recognizing its historical significance. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 24 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is just your local preserve that can be right in your backyard. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 16 Sep. 2021 The preserve is free to visit, and most of the trails are ADA accessible (the tower is not). Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2021 The state nature preserve is within the city's Eagle Creek Park and features trees, hilly trails and an overlook with a view of the reservoir. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, 28 July 2021 Measuring in at well over 6,000 acres, this pristine preserve is home to vast swathes of tallgrass prairie, a type of biome that was once widespread across Iowa before the days of large-scale corn farming. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Cleaved by the Yuyapichis River, the preserve is home to more than 500 species of trees (16 of them palms), 160 types of reptiles and amphibians, 100 different kinds of fish, seven varieties of monkey and 380 bird species. New York Times, 18 June 2021 Volcan Mountain preserve is worth a stop even on a blustery, rainy day. Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 The fact that much education policy is the preserve of the states is a complicating factor. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 24 Aug. 2021 On the first Thursday of each month, Forest Preserve District naturalists will lead a leisurely walk through a Kane County forest preserve and share the natural and cultural history along the way, district officials said. Beacon-news Staff, chicagotribune.com, 13 Aug. 2021

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

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“Preserve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preserve. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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preserve

verb

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 : protect
: 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

preserve

transitive verb
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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preserve

transitive verb
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 preserve (audio) \ noun

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