preserve
I. verb (preserved; preserving) Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin praeservare, from Late Latin, to observe beforehand, from Latin prae- + servare to keep, guard, observe — more at conserve Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction ; protect 2. a. to keep alive, intact, or free from decay b. maintain 3. a. 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) • preservability nounpreservable adjectivepreservation nounpreserver noun II. noun Date: 1600 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 (as animals or plants) <
a game preserve for regulated hunting or fishing
>
<
nature preserves
>
3. something regarded as reserved for certain persons

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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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