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Definitions by Wordnik

  1. (verb-transitive) To maintain in safety from injury, peril, or harm; protect.
  2. (verb-transitive) To keep in perfect or unaltered condition; maintain unchanged.
  3. (verb-transitive) To keep or maintain intact: tried to preserve family harmony. See Synonyms at defend.
  4. (verb-transitive) To prepare (food) for future use, as by canning or salting.
  5. (verb-transitive) To prevent (organic bodies) from decaying or spoiling.
  6. (verb-transitive) To keep or protect (game or fish) for one's private hunting or fishing.
  7. (verb-intransitive) To treat fruit or other foods so as to prevent decay.
  8. (verb-intransitive) To maintain a private area stocked with game or fish.
  9. (noun) Something that acts to preserve; a preservative.
  10. (noun) Fruit cooked with sugar to protect against decay or fermentation. Often used in the plural.
  11. (noun) An area maintained for the protection of wildlife or natural resources.
  12. (noun) Something considered as being the exclusive province of certain persons: Ancient Greek is the preserve of scholars.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. PS - the preserve is a lonnnnng walk and no facilities or supplies - Carry lotsa water - Champoton - Ciudad del Carmen
  2. 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. - Ontario's Course Is Clear
  3. In fact, the subsidized private program that Boehner and Enzi want to preserve is called the Federal Family Education Loan Program. - Think Progress » Boehner Claims Student Loan Reform Will ‘Eliminate Every Bank In The Country’
  4. Dolphin added: "The only pledge that we would preserve is higher funding for international development, not only because it is a relatively small amount of spending (although it is) but in recognition of the urgency of providing more funds to low-income countries badly hit by a financial crisis not of their making." - Don't spare the NHS from cuts, says leftwing thinktank
  5. The preserve is ready and can be consumed refrigerated for a week. - Fig Sauce


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