preservable

preserve

[pri-zurv]
verb (used with object), preserved, preserving.
1.
to keep alive or in existence; make lasting: to preserve our liberties as free citizens.
2.
to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare.
3.
to keep up; maintain: to preserve historical monuments.
4.
to keep possession of; retain: to preserve one's composure.
5.
to prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation.
6.
to prepare (fruit, vegetables, etc.) by cooking with sugar, pickling, canning, or the like.
7.
to maintain and reserve (game, fish, etc.) for continued survival or for private use, as in hunting or fishing.
verb (used without object), preserved, preserving.
8.
to preserve fruit, vegetables, etc.; make preserves.
9.
to maintain a preserve for game or fish, especially for sport.
noun
10.
something that preserves.
11.
that which is preserved.
12.
Usually, preserves. fruit, vegetables, etc., prepared by cooking with sugar.
13.
a place set apart for protection and propagation of game or fish, especially for sport.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English preserven < Medieval Latin praeservāre to guard (Late Latin: to observe), equivalent to Latin prae- pre- + servāre to watch over, keep, preserve, observe

preservable, adjective
preservability, noun
preservation [prez-er-vey-shuhn] , noun
preserver, noun
nonpreservable, adjective
nonpreservation, noun
semipreserved, adjective
unpreservable, adjective
unpreserved, adjective


1. conserve. 2. safeguard, shelter, shield. See defend. 3. continue, uphold, sustain.


1. destroy.
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preserve (prɪˈzɜːv)
 
vb
1.  to keep safe from danger or harm; protect
2.  to protect from decay or dissolution; maintain: to preserve old buildings
3.  to maintain possession of; keep up: to preserve a façade of indifference
4.  to prevent from decomposition or chemical change
5.  to prepare (food), as by freezing, drying, or salting, so that it will resist decomposition
6.  to make preserves of (fruit, etc)
7.  to rear and protect (game) in restricted places for hunting or fishing
8.  (intr) to maintain protection and favourable conditions for game in preserves
 
n
9.  something that preserves or is preserved
10.  a special area or domain: archaeology is the preserve of specialists
11.  (usually plural) fruit, etc, prepared by cooking with sugar
12.  areas where game is reared for private hunting or fishing
 
[C14: via Old French, from Late Latin praeservāre literally: to keep safe in advance, from Latin prae- before + servāre to keep safe]
 
pre'servable
 
adj
 
preserva'bility
 
n
 
pre'servably
 
adv
 
preservation
 
n
 
pre'server
 
n

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preserve
late 14c., from O.Fr. preserver, from M.L. preservare "keep, preserve," from L.L. præservare "guard beforehand," from L. præ- "before" + servare "to keep safe" (see observe). The noun sense of "fruit preserved with sugar" is from c.1600; that of "protected place
for animals or plants" (a sense more properly belonging to conserve) is from 1807. Preservationist "advocate of protecting historic property" is recorded from 1927. Preservative (adj.) is attested from late 14c.; the noun sense of "chemical added to foods to keep them from rotting" is from 1875.
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