preserve Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone
- medicine is no longer a male preserve
noun a reservation where animals are protected
noun fruit preserved by cooking with sugar
preserves; conserve; conserves.
verb keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
carry on; continue; bear on; uphold.
- preserve the peace in the family
- continue the family tradition
- Carry on the old traditions
verb keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
keep up; maintain; conserve.
- 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
verb to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
- She saved the old family photographs in a drawer
verb prevent (food) from rotting
- preserved meats
- keep potatoes fresh
verb maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
- May God keep you
verb keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing
- preserve the forest and the lakes
Pre*serve" transitive verb
To keep or save from injury or destruction; to guard or defend from evil, harm, danger, etc.; to protect.
O Lord, thou preserved man and beast. Ps. xxxvi. 6.
Now, good angels preserve the king. Shak.
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. preservepeaches or grapes
You can not preserve it from tainting. Shak.
To maintain throughout; to keep intact; as, to preserveappearances; to preservesilence. Syn. -- To keep; save; secure; uphold; sustain; defend; spare; protect; guard; shield. See Keep.
Pre*serve" intransitive verb
To make preserves.Shak.
To protect game for purposes of sport.
That which is preserved; fruit, etc., seasoned and kept by suitable preparation; esp., fruit cooked with sugar; -- commonly in the plural.
A place in which game, fish, etc., are preserved for purposes of sport, or for food.