Definitions for Preserveprɪˈzɜrv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•serveprɪˈzɜrv(v.; n.)-served, -serv•ing

  1. (v.t.)to keep alive or in existence; make lasting:

    to preserve our liberties as free citizens.

  2. to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare.

  3. to keep up; maintain:

    to preserve historical monuments.

  4. to keep possession of; retain:

    to preserve one's composure.

  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. (v.i.)to preserve fruit, vegetables, etc.; make preserves.

  9. to maintain a preserve for game or fish, esp. for sport.

  10. (n.)something that preserves.

  11. that which is preserved.

  12. Usu., preserves. fruit, vegetables, etc., prepared by cooking with sugar.

    Category: Cooking

  13. a place set apart for protection and propagation of game or fish, esp. for sport.

Origin of preserve:

1325–75; ME < ML praeservāre to guard (LL: to observe) = L prae-pre - +servāre to watch over, keep, preserve


Princeton's WordNet

  1. preserve(noun)

    a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone

    "medicine is no longer a male preserve"

  2. preserve(noun)

    a reservation where animals are protected

  3. conserve, preserve, conserves, preserves(verb)

    fruit preserved by cooking with sugar

  4. continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserve(verb)

    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

    "preserve the peace in the family"; "continue the family tradition"; "Carry on the old traditions"

  5. conserve, preserve, maintain, keep up(verb)

    keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

    "We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts"

  6. save, preserve(verb)

    to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

    "She saved the old family photographs in a drawer"

  7. preserve, keep(verb)

    prevent (food) from rotting

    "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"

  8. keep, preserve(verb)

    maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

    "May God keep you"

  9. preserve(verb)

    keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing

    "preserve the forest and the lakes"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. preserve(verb)ɪˈzɜrv

    to protect sth so that it is not damaged or destroyed

    The library is helping to preserve the history of our community.; attempts to preserve the ancient monument

  2. preserveɪˈzɜrv

    to keep food fresh for a long time

    ways to preserve food without chemicals


  1. preserve(Noun)

    a sweet spread made of any of a variety of berries

  2. preserve(Noun)

    a nature preserve

  3. preserve(Verb)

    To protect; to keep; to maintain the condition of.

    Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it - Yuri Gagarin (the first man in space)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preserve(verb)

    to keep or save from injury or destruction; to guard or defend from evil, harm, danger, etc.; to protect

  2. Preserve(verb)

    to save from decay by the use of some preservative substance, as sugar, salt, etc.; to season and prepare for remaining in a good state, as fruits, meat, etc.; as, to preserve peaches or grapes

  3. Preserve(verb)

    to maintain throughout; to keep intact; as, to preserve appearances; to preserve silence

  4. Preserve(verb)

    to make preserves

  5. Preserve(verb)

    to protect game for purposes of sport

  6. Preserve(noun)

    that which is preserved; fruit, etc., seasoned and kept by suitable preparation; esp., fruit cooked with sugar; -- commonly in the plural

  7. Preserve(noun)

    a place in which game, fish, etc., are preserved for purposes of sport, or for food

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Preserve' in Verbs Frequency: #498

Anagrams of Preserve

  1. perverse

Translations for Preserve

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an activity, kind of work etc in which only certain people are allowed to take part.

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