Something that's preserved is kept in its original state or kept alive and fresh. Preserved artifacts are protected from damage, often in a museum where they can be kept safe.

Preserved food is treated in some way that makes it spoil much more slowly than it would otherwise. Sometimes this is done by adding chemical preservatives, and other times it's a more natural process, involving drying, pickling, salting, or canning. Preserved fruit, cooked with sugar and sealed in jars, is also called preserves. These words all stem from the Medieval Latin preservare, "keep safe."

Definitions of preserved

adj kept intact or in a particular condition

protected from harm or loss
kept up, maintained, well-kept
kept in good condition
capable of being preserved
protected, saved
guarded from injury or destruction
maintained, retained
continued in your keeping or use or memory
spoiled or ruined or demolished
harmed or injured or spoiled
annihilated, exterminated, wiped out
destroyed completely
blighted, spoilt
affected by blight; anything that mars or prevents growth or prosperity
blotted out, obliterate, obliterated
reduced to nothingness
broken, impoverished, wiped out
destroyed financially
burned, burned-out, burned-over, burnt, burnt-out
destroyed or badly damaged by fire
demolished, dismantled, razed
torn down and broken up
despoiled, pillaged, raped, ravaged, sacked
having been robbed and destroyed by force and violence
done for, gone, kaput
destroyed or killed
of a conditioned response; caused to die out because of the absence or withdrawal of reinforcement
having fallen in or collapsed
finished, ruined
brought to ruin
having everything destroyed so nothing is left salvageable by an enemy
shattered, tattered
ruined or disrupted
used of automobiles; completely demolished
war-torn, war-worn
laid waste by war
destroyed in an accident
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adj prevented from decaying or spoiling and prepared for future use

aged, cured
(used of tobacco) aging as a preservative process (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)
candied, crystalised, crystalized, glace
(used especially of fruits) preserved by coating with or allowing to absorb sugar
canned, tinned
sealed in a can or jar
corned, cured
(used especially of meat) cured in brine
(used of hay e.g.) allowed to dry
dehydrated, desiccated, dried
preserved by removing natural moisture
flash-frozen, frozen, quick-frozen
(used of foods) preserved by freezing sufficiently rapidly to retain flavor and nutritional value
preserved by freezing and drying in a vacuum
freeze-dried, lyophilised, lyophilized
used of tissue or blood or serum or other biological substances; dried by freezing in a high vacuum
(used of foods) preserved in a pickling liquid
preserved in a pot or can or jar
brine-cured, salt-cured, salted
(used especially of meats) preserved in salt
smoke-cured, smoke-dried, smoked
(used especially of meats and fish) dried and cured by hanging in wood smoke
sun-dried, sundried
dried naturally by the sun
not canned or otherwise preserved
not treated or prepared by a special process
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