preserve


preserve
preserve [prē zʉrv′, prizʉrv′]
vt.
preserved, preserving [ME preserven < MFr preserver < ML praeservare, to preserve, protect < LL, to observe beforehand < L prae-, PRE- + servare: see OBSERVE]
1. to keep from harm, damage, danger, evil, etc.; protect; save
2. to keep from spoiling or rotting
3. to prepare (food), as by canning, pickling, salting, etc., for future use
4. to keep up; carry on; maintain
5. to maintain and protect (game, fish, etc.) in an area, esp. for regulated hunting or fishing
vi.
1. to preserve fruit, etc.
2. to maintain a game preserve
n.
1. [usually pl.] fruit preserved whole or in large pieces by cooking with sugar: cf. JAM2
2. a place where game, fish, etc. are preserved
3. any place or activity treated as the special domain of some person or group
4. something that preserves or is preserved
preservable
adj.
preserver
n.

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  • Preserve — Pre*serve , v. i. 1. To make preserves. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To protect game for purposes of sport. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preserve — Pre*serve , n. 1. That which is preserved; fruit, etc., seasoned and kept by suitable preparation; esp., fruit cooked with sugar; commonly in the plural. [1913 Webster] 2. A place in which game, fish, etc., are preserved for purposes of sport, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • preservé — Preservé, [preserv]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • preserve — ► VERB 1) maintain in its original or existing state. 2) keep safe from harm or injury. 3) keep alive (a memory or quality). 4) treat (food) to prevent its decomposition. 5) prepare (fruit) for long term storage by boiling it with sugar. ► NOUN… …   English terms dictionary

  • preserve — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun (AmE) ⇨ See also ↑reserve ADJECTIVE ▪ forest, nature, wilderness, wildlife ▪ This land is protected as a wildlife preserve. ▪ game …   Collocations dictionary