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Definition of "preserve" []

  • To maintain in safety from injury, peril, or harm; protect. (verb-transitive)
  • To keep in perfect or unaltered condition; maintain unchanged. (verb-transitive)
  • To keep or maintain intact: tried to preserve family harmony. See Synonyms at defend. (verb-transitive)
  • To prepare (food) for future use, as by canning or salting. (verb-transitive)
  • To prevent (organic bodies) from decaying or spoiling. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "preserve" in a sentence
  • "PS - the preserve is a lonnnnng walk and no facilities or supplies - Carry lotsa water"
  • "One of the rights we intend to preserve is to keep Ontario a strong and vigorous factor in the building of an ever stronger British Commonwealth and Empire."
  • "In fact, the subsidized private program that Boehner and Enzi want to preserve is called the Federal Family Education Loan Program."