Definitions of preserve

  1. 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"
  2. fruit preserved by cooking with sugar
  3. prevent from rotting, as of foods; " preserved meats"; " keep potatoes fresh"
  4. maintain in safety form injury, harm, or danger; " May God keep you"
  5. a reservation where animals are protected
  6. a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone; " medicine is no longer a male preserve"
  7. to keep up and reserve for personal or special use; " She saved the old family photographs in a drawer"
  8. keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing; " preserve the forest and the lakes"
  9. prevent ( food) from rotting; " preserved meats"; " keep potatoes fresh"
  10. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; " May God keep you"
  11. To hold or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; to uphold; to keep up; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain a fence or a railroad; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present reputation.
  12. To keep or save from injury or destruction; to guard or defend from evil, harm, danger, etc.; to protect.
  13. 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.
  14. To maintain throughout; to keep intact; as, to preserve appearances; to preserve silence.
  15. To make preserves.
  16. To protect game for purposes of sport.
  17. That which is preserved; fruit, etc., seasoned and kept by suitable preparation; esp., fruit cooked with sugar; -- commonly in the plural.
  18. A place in which game, fish, etc., are preserved for purposes of sport, or for food.
  19. To keep from injury; defend; uphold; save; keep in a wholesome state; put up with sugar, salt, etc., for keeping; as, to preserve fruit; keep up; maintain.
  20. Fruit, etc., put up and kept in sugar; a place set apart for keeping game, fish, etc.
  21. Preservable.
  22. Preserver.
  23. To keep from injury: to defend: to keep in a sound state: to season for preservation: to keep up, as appearances.
  24. That which is preserved, as fruit, etc.: a place for the protection of animals, as game, etc.
  25. Fruit, & c., prepared by boiling in sirup; place where game is preserved.
  26. Preserveation.
  27. To rescue; keep from injury; keep; prepare for keeping.
  28. To keep; protect; save; put up, as fruit in sugar.
  29. Anything preserved, as fruit cooked in sugar.
  30. A place in which game is preserved.
  31. Fruit or vegetable seasoned and kept in sugar; a place for the preservation of game.
  32. To keep from injury; to uphold; to keep in a sound state; to season with sugar or other substances for preservation; to keep from corruption.
  33. To keep or save from injury or destruction; to keep from decay or in a sound state; to secure; to defend; to maintain, as appearances; to boil with sugar to keep from decay.
  34. A fruit or vegetable boiled with sugar, to keep it from decay, and to render it pleasant to the taste; a place set apart for the shelter and protection of game intended for sport.

Usage examples for preserve

  1. After sermon home, and there I went to my chamber and wrote a letter to send to Mr. Coventry, with a piece of plate along with it, which I do preserve among my other letters. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. Its meaning is obscure, but it is said to preserve the cattle from disease during the year. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  3. Late the next night Curlie made his way home along the well- remembered Forest Preserve road. – Curlie Carson Listens In by Roy J. Snell
  4. God preserve us from women whose mind has shot up into mere intellect. – Essays of Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  5. F. Heaven preserve me from that! – Essays on Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat
  6. He was convinced that it would preserve him from a violent death, and he always wore it around his neck. – The Amulet by Hendrik Conscience
  7. She sighed, but it was necessary to preserve appearances. – A Butterfly on the Wheel by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  8. Only for a short time did he preserve this high attitude. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  9. As a result the acting length C N, of pinion flank is increased, as is also the acting length S L, of wheel flank; hence, the flanks of both wheels would wear better, and also better preserve their correct and original shapes. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  10. We did what we could to preserve it; we could do no more. – The Wrack of the Storm by Maurice Maeterlinck
  11. If they wish to preserve their virtue, why let them; nobody will trouble them, and they, on their side, must not expect anything from men. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  12. Agatha went out, trying to preserve her calm. – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
  13. Preserve Thine own good faith, and thou shalt never say, Unless Heaven's promise fail me, that for nought Athens took Oedipus to dwell with her. – The Seven Plays in English Verse by Sophocles
  14. If we intend to keep this from happening, we must not preserve the cities. – Down-with-the-Cities by Nakashima, Tadashi
  15. But I determined to preserve it. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  16. 2. Who tried to preserve the memory of what the Greeks and the Romans had done? – Introductory American History by Henry Eldridge Bourne Elbert Jay Benton
  17. A farm meant a smaller area than a hunting preserve and it also meant sticking to it more. – The Happy Man by Gerald Wilburn Page
  18. There are marks on this I want to preserve. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  19. Certainly, it is impossible to preserve the spirit in freedom if a man be not watchful against sin and corruption. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  20. It is the one subject on which persons are most likely to differ, and least able to preserve temper. – Routledge's Manual of Etiquette by George Routledge