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Meaning & Definition of Preserve in English

English

Preserve

/prəzərv/

noun

1. A domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone

  • "Medicine is no longer a male preserve"
    synonym:
  • preserve

2. A reservation where animals are protected

    synonym:
  • preserve

3. Fruit preserved by cooking with sugar

    synonym:
  • conserve
  • ,
  • preserve
  • ,
  • conserves
  • ,
  • preserves

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • continue
  • ,
  • uphold
  • ,
  • carry on
  • ,
  • bear on
  • ,
  • preserve

2. Keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • conserve
  • ,
  • preserve
  • ,
  • maintain
  • ,
  • keep up

3. To keep up and reserve for personal or special use

  • "She saved the old family photographs in a drawer"
    synonym:
  • save
  • ,
  • preserve

4. Prevent (food) from rotting

  • "Preserved meats"
  • "Keep potatoes fresh"
    synonym:
  • preserve
  • ,
  • keep

5. Maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

  • "May god keep you"
    synonym:
  • keep
  • ,
  • preserve

6. Keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing

  • "Preserve the forest and the lakes"
    synonym:
  • preserve

Examples of using

I want to help Native Americans to preserve their languages.