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; to guard or defend from evil, harm, danger, etc.; to protect. [1913 Webster]

O Lord, thou preserved man and beast. --Ps. xxxvi. 6. [1913 Webster]

Now, good angels preserve the king. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

You can not preserve it from tainting. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To maintain throughout; to keep intact; as, to preserve appearances; to preserve silence. [1913 Webster]

{To preserve game}, to protect it from extermination. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To keep; save; secure; uphold; sustain; defend; spare; protect; guard; shield. See {Keep}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”