Definitions of preserve

  1. 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.
  2. To keep from injury: to defend: to keep in a sound state: to season for preservation: to keep up, as appearances.
  3. To rescue; keep from injury; keep; prepare for keeping.
  4. maintain in safety form injury, harm, or danger; " May God keep you"
  5. prevent ( food) from rotting; " preserved meats"; " keep potatoes fresh"
  6. maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; " May God keep you"
  7. 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.
  8. To keep or save from injury or destruction; to guard or defend from evil, harm, danger, etc.; to protect.
  9. 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.
  10. To maintain throughout; to keep intact; as, to preserve appearances; to preserve silence.
  11. To make preserves.
  12. To protect game for purposes of sport.
  13. That which is preserved; fruit, etc., seasoned and kept by suitable preparation; esp., fruit cooked with sugar; -- commonly in the plural.
  14. A place in which game, fish, etc., are preserved for purposes of sport, or for food.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. a reservation where animals are protected
  18. a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone; " medicine is no longer a male preserve"
  19. Fruit, etc., put up and kept in sugar; a place set apart for keeping game, fish, etc.
  20. Preserver.
  21. That which is preserved, as fruit, etc.: a place for the protection of animals, as game, etc.
  22. Fruit, & c., prepared by boiling in sirup; place where game is preserved.
  23. Preserveation.
  24. A place in which game is preserved.
  25. Fruit or vegetable seasoned and kept in sugar; a place for the preservation of game.
  26. 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.
  27. Preservable.