preserve

When you preserve something, you maintain its condition, like trying to preserve your good health by exercising regularly and eating right.

The verb preserve describes keeping something as it is now, without a decline in quality. It can also refer to keeping something safe from harm, as in “The group worked hard to preserve the regional ecosystem.” When you preserve food, such as fruit, you keep it from rotting. Jellies and jams are preserves, the noun form. A preserve can also be lands set aside, or preserved, as animal habitats.

DEFINITIONS OF: preserve

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v keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

“We preserve these archeological findings”
Synonyms:
conserve, keep up, maintain
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embalm
preserve a dead body
plastinate
preserve (tissue) with plastics, as for teaching and research purposes
hold the line
hold the line on prices; keep the price of something constant
mummify
remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it
Type of:
keep
look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

v maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

Synonyms:
keep
keep
look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
Type of:
protect
shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

v keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

preserve the peace in the family”
Synonyms:
bear on, carry on, continue, uphold
continue, go forward, proceed
move ahead; travel onward in time or space
continue, go along, go on, keep, proceed
continue a certain state, condition, or activity
Antonyms:
cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop
put an end to a state or an activity
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re-start, restart, resume
take up or begin anew
hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist
be persistent, refuse to stop
perpetuate
cause to continue or prevail
keep up, prolong, sustain
lengthen or extend in duration or space
mummify
preserve while making lifeless
obstinate
persist stubbornly
ask for it, ask for trouble
persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble
plug, plug away
persist in working hard
follow, stick to, stick with
keep to
continue, keep, keep on, retain
allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
eternize
cause to continue indefinitely
Type of:
hold, keep, maintain
keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"

v prevent (food) from rotting

preserved meats”
Synonyms:
keep
keep, stay fresh
fail to spoil or rot
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freeze-dry
preserve by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum
conserve
preserve with sugar
dehydrate, desiccate
preserve by removing all water and liquids from
pickle
preserve in a pickling liquid
salt
preserve with salt
can, put up, tin
preserve in a can or tin
refrigerate
preserve by chilling
cure
prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve
corn
preserve with salt
lyophilise, lyophilize
to dry (blood, serum, or tissue) by freezing in a high vacuum
dun
cure by salting
Type of:
cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
prepare for eating by applying heat

v to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

Synonyms:
save
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enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form
conserve, economise, economize, husband
use cautiously and frugally
chalk up, tally
keep score, as in games
clock in, clock on, punch in
register one's arrival at work
record, tape
register electronically
accession
make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library
post
display, as of records in sports games
ring up
to perform and record a sale on a cash register
manifest
record in a ship's manifest
inscribe
write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
chronicle
record in chronological order; make a historical record
file, file away
place in a container for keeping records
document
record in detail
log
enter into a log, as on ships and planes
clock up, log up
record a distance travelled; on planes and cars
film, shoot, take
make a film or photograph of something
tape, videotape
record on videotape
photograph, shoot, snap
record on photographic film
mark, score
make underscoring marks
notch
notch a surface to record something
keep, maintain
maintain by writing regular records
film
record in film
retrench
tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
register
record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
book
record a charge in a police register
Type of:
hold on, keep
retain possession of

v keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing

preserve the forest and the lakes”
Type of:
hold, keep, maintain
keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"

n fruit preserved by cooking with sugar

Synonyms:
conserve, conserves, preserves
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apple butter
thick dark spicy puree of apples
chowchow
a Chinese preserve of mixed fruits and ginger
jam
preserve of crushed fruit
lemon cheese, lemon curd
a conserve with a thick consistency; made with lemons and butter and eggs and sugar
jelly
a preserve made of the jelled juice of fruit
marmalade
a preserve made of the pulp and rind of citrus fruits
strawberry jam, strawberry preserves
made with strawberries
apple jelly
jelly made from apple juice
grape jelly
jelly made from grape juice
orange marmalade
marmalade made from oranges
Type of:
confiture
preserved or candied fruit

n a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone

“medicine is no longer a male preserve
Type of:
area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
a particular environment or walk of life

n a reservation where animals are protected

Types:
shooting preserve
a preserve on which hunting is permitted during certain months of the year
Type of:
reservation, reserve
a district that is reserved for particular purpose
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