preserve

preserve
pre•serve
[[t]prɪˈzɜrv[/t]] v. -served, -serv•ing, n.
1) to keep alive or in existence; make lasting:
to preserve our liberties as free citizens[/ex]
2) to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare
3) to keep up; maintain:
to preserve historical monuments[/ex]
4) to keep possession of; retain:
to preserve one's composure[/ex]
5) to prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation
6) to prepare (fruit, vegetables, etc.) by cooking with sugar, pickling, canning, or the like
7) to maintain and reserve (game, fish, etc.) for continued survival or for private use, as in hunting or fishing
8) to preserve fruit, vegetables, etc.; make preserves
9) to maintain a preserve for game or fish, esp. for sport
10) something that preserves
11) that which is preserved
12) coo Usu., preserves. fruit, vegetables, etc., prepared by cooking with sugar
13) a place set apart for protection and propagation of game or fish, esp. for sport
Etymology: 1325–75; ME < ML praeservāre to guard (LL: to observe) = L prae- pre-+servāre to watch over, keep, preserve pre•serv′a•ble, adj. pre•serv′er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Preserve — Pre*serve , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preserved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preserving}.] [F. pr[ e]server, from L. prae before + servare to save, preserve; cf. L. praeservare to observe beforehand. See {Serve}.] 1. To keep or save from injury or destruction;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preserve — pre·serve /pri zərv/ vt pre·served, pre·serv·ing 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… …   Law dictionary

  • preserve — [prē zʉrv′, prizʉrv′] vt. preserved, preserving [ME preserven < MFr preserver < ML praeservare, to preserve, protect < LL, to observe beforehand < L prae , PRE + servare: see OBSERVE] 1. to keep from harm, damage, danger, evil, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • préservé — préservé, ée (pré zèr vé, vée) part. passé. Préservé de tout contact avec les méchants. SUPPLÉMENT AU DICTIONNAIRE    PRÉSERVÉ. Ajoutez :    Les Préservées, filles qui se repentent de leurs fautes et se retirent dans une maison cloîtrée, Journ.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Preserve — Pre*serve , v. i. 1. To make preserves. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To protect game for purposes of sport. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preserve — Pre*serve , n. 1. That which is preserved; fruit, etc., seasoned and kept by suitable preparation; esp., fruit cooked with sugar; commonly in the plural. [1913 Webster] 2. A place in which game, fish, etc., are preserved for purposes of sport, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preserve — vb *save, conserve Analogous words: *rescue, deliver, redeem, ransom: protect, guard, safeguard (see DEFEND) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • preserve — [v] care for, maintain; continue bottle, can, conserve, cure, defend, evaporate, freeze, guard, keep, keep up, mothball*, mummify, perpetuate, pickle, process, protect, put up, refrigerate, retain, safeguard, save, season, secure, shelter, shield …   New thesaurus

  • preservé — Preservé, [preserv]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • preserve — ► VERB 1) maintain in its original or existing state. 2) keep safe from harm or injury. 3) keep alive (a memory or quality). 4) treat (food) to prevent its decomposition. 5) prepare (fruit) for long term storage by boiling it with sugar. ► NOUN… …   English terms dictionary

  • preserve — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun (AmE) ⇨ See also ↑reserve ADJECTIVE ▪ forest, nature, wilderness, wildlife ▪ This land is protected as a wildlife preserve. ▪ game …   Collocations dictionary

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