- 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; save2. to keep from spoiling or rotting3. to prepare (food), as by canning, pickling, salting, etc., for future use4. to keep up; carry on; maintain5. to maintain and protect (game, fish, etc.) in an area, esp. for regulated hunting or fishingvi.1. to preserve fruit, etc.2. to maintain a game preserven.1. [usually pl.] fruit preserved whole or in large pieces by cooking with sugar: cf. JAM22. a place where game, fish, etc. are preserved3. any place or activity treated as the special domain of some person or group4. something that preserves or is preservedpreservableadj.preservern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.