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
  1. verb
    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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    preserve a dead body
    preserve (tissue) with plastics, as for teaching and research purposes
    hold the line
    hold the line on prices; keep the price of something constant
    remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it
    type of:
    look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
  2. verb
    maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    synonyms: keep
    look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
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    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  3. verb
    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
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    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
    cause to continue or prevail
    keep up, prolong, sustain
    lengthen or extend in duration or space
    preserve while making lifeless
    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
    cause to continue indefinitely
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    hold, keep, maintain
    keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
  4. verb
    prevent (food) from rotting
    preserved meats”
    synonyms: keep
    keep, stay fresh
    fail to spoil or rot
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    preserve by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum
    preserve with sugar
    dehydrate, desiccate
    preserve by removing all water and liquids from
    preserve in a pickling liquid
    preserve with salt
    can, put up, tin
    preserve in a can or tin
    preserve by chilling
    prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve
    preserve with salt
    lyophilise, lyophilize
    to dry (blood, serum, or tissue) by freezing in a high vacuum
    cure by salting
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    cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
    prepare for eating by applying heat
  5. verb
    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
    make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library
    display, as of records in sports games
    ring up
    to perform and record a sale on a cash register
    record in a ship's manifest
    write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
    record in chronological order; make a historical record
    file, file away
    place in a container for keeping records
    record in detail
    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 a surface to record something
    keep, maintain
    maintain by writing regular records
    record in film
    tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
    record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
    record a charge in a police register
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    hold on, keep
    retain possession of
  6. verb
    keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing
    preserve the forest and the lakes”
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    hold, keep, maintain
    keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
  7. noun
    fruit preserved by cooking with sugar
    synonyms: conserve, conserves, preserves
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    apple butter
    thick dark spicy puree of apples
    a Chinese preserve of mixed fruits and ginger
    preserve of crushed fruit
    lemon cheese, lemon curd
    a conserve with a thick consistency; made with lemons and butter and eggs and sugar
    a preserve made of the jelled juice of fruit
    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
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    preserved or candied fruit
  8. noun
    a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone
    “medicine is no longer a male preserve
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    area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
    a particular environment or walk of life
  9. noun
    a reservation where animals are protected
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    shooting preserve
    a preserve on which hunting is permitted during certain months of the year
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    reservation, reserve
    a district that is reserved for a particular purpose
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