What does preserve mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preservenoun

    a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone

    "medicine is no longer a male preserve"

  2. preservenoun

    a reservation where animals are protected

  3. conserve, preserve, conserves, preservesverb

    fruit preserved by cooking with sugar

  4. continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserveverb

    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 upverb

    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, preserveverb

    to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

    "She saved the old family photographs in a drawer"

  7. preserve, keepverb

    prevent (food) from rotting

    "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"

  8. keep, preserveverb

    maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

    "May God keep you"

  9. preserveverb

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

    "preserve the forest and the lakes"


  1. preservenoun

    a sweet spread made of any of a variety of berries

  2. preservenoun

    a nature preserve

  3. preserveverb

    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)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preservenoun

    Fruit preserved whole in sugar.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    All this is easily discerned in those fruits, which are brought in preserves unto us. Brown.

    The fruit with the husk, when tender and young, makes a good preserve. John Mortimer.

  2. To PRESERVEverb

    Etymology: præservo, low Latin; preserver, Fr.

    The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom. 2 Tim. iv. 18.

    God sent me to preserve you a posterity, and save your lives. Gen. xlv. 7.

    She shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power. Wisdom ix. II.

    He did too frequently gratify their unjustifiable designs, a guilt all men, who are obnoxious, are liable to, and can hardly preserve themselves from. Edward Hyde.

    We can preserve unhurt our minds. John Milton.

    To be indifferent, which of two opinions is true, is the right temper of the mind, that preserves it from being imposed on, till it has done its best to find the truth. John Locke.

    Every petty prince in Germany must be intreated to preserve the queen of Great Britain upon her throne. Jonathan Swift.


  1. preserve

    To preserve means to maintain, protect, or keep something in its original or existing state or condition, preventing it from decay, destruction, alterations, or loss. It can also mean to maintain something over a long period, such as a tradition, culture, or historical item.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preserveverb

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

  2. Preserveverb

    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. Preserveverb

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

  4. Preserveverb

    to make preserves

  5. Preserveverb

    to protect game for purposes of sport

  6. Preservenoun

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

  7. Preservenoun

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preserve

    prē-zėrv′, v.t. to keep safe from harm or injury: to defend: to keep in a sound state: to season for preservation: to make lasting: to keep up, as appearances.—n. that which is preserved, as fruit, &c.: that which preserves: a place for the protection of animals, as game: (pl.) spectacles to protect the eyes from strong light, &c.—n. Prēservabil′ity.—adj. Prēser′vable.—n. Prēservā′tion, act of preserving or keeping safe: state of being preserved: safety.—adjs. Prēser′vative, Prēser′vatory, tending to preserve: having the quality of preserving.—n. that which preserves: a preventive of injury or decay.—n. Prēserv′er. [Fr. préserver—L. præ, beforehand, servāre, to preserve.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preserve in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preserve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of preserve in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Haydon:

    The great difficulty is first to win a reputation; the next to keep it while you live; and the next to preserve it after you die, when affection and interest are over, and nothing but sterling excellence can preserve your name. Never suffer youth to be an excuse for inadequacy, nor age and fame to be an excuse for indolence.

  2. Jeremy Boering:

    He thinks he's one of the only guys in the movement that seems to authentically wants to preserve the market, authentically preserve the way of life that allows people to move from bricking walls to being a billionaire.

  3. Benjamin Disraeli:

    I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many of the prejudices of the few.

  4. President Trump:

    To preserve the health of Americans, we must preserve the health of our economy.

  5. Emmanuel Macron:

    What's important is to preserve a rules-based development in the region, especially the Indo-Pacific region and to preserve the necessary balances.

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