AskDefine | Define preserve

Dictionary Definition



1 a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone; "medicine is no longer a male preserve"
2 a reservation where animals are protected
3 fruit preserved by cooking with sugar [syn: conserve, conserves, preserves]


1 keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last; "preserve the peace in the family"; "continue the family tradition"; "Carry on the old traditions" [syn: continue, uphold, carry on, bear on] [ant: discontinue]
2 keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; "We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts" [syn: conserve, maintain, keep up]
3 to keep up and reserve for personal or special use; "She saved the old family photographs in a drawer" [syn: save]
4 prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh" [syn: keep]
5 maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you" [syn: keep]
6 keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing; "preserve the forest and the lakes"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. a sweet spread made of any of a variety of berries
  2. a nature preserve


Usage notes

More often used in the plural, as strawberry preserves, but the form without the s can also be used as the plural form, or to refer to a single type.


See also


  1. To protect; to keep; to maintain the condition of.



Extensive Definition

The word preserve may refer to:
  • Fruit preserves, a type of sweet spread or condiment
  • Nature Reserve, an area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or other special interest, usually protected
  • A 2004 compilation involving the band Wow & Flutter

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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