Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: préserver, from Late Latin praeservare, from Latin servare 'to keep, guard, watch'


1 verb
Related topics: Food
pre‧serve1 W3 [transitive]
1 to save something or someone from being harmed or destroyed [↪ preservation]:
We must encourage the planting of new trees and preserve our existing woodlands.
2 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.
3DF to store food for a long time after treating it so that it will not decay:
black olives preserved in brine
preservable adjective
preserver noun [countable]

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