|Origin:||préserver, from Late Latin praeservare, from Latin servare 'to keep, guard, watch'|
pre‧serve1 W3 [transitive]
to save something or someone from being harmed or destroyed [↪ preservation]:
We must encourage the planting of new trees and preserve our existing woodlands.
to make something continue without changing:
the responsibility of the police to preserve the peace
Norma tried to preserve a normal family life in difficult circumstances.
to store food for a long time after treating it so that it will not decay:
black olives preserved in brine
—preserver noun [countable]➔ well-preserved