preserve Definition

  • 1to keep something in its original state or in good condition
  • 2to protect something from harm or damage
  • 3to prevent food from decaying by treating it in a particular way

Using preserve: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "preserve" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We need to preserve our natural resources for future generations.

  • Example

    The museum is working hard to preserve the ancient artifacts.

  • Example

    He tried to preserve his dignity in front of his ex-girlfriend.

  • Example

    The government has taken steps to preserve the historic building.

  • Example

    The jam is made with preserved fruit.

preserve Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with preserve

  • to maintain peaceful conditions


    The police were called in to preserve the peace during the protest.

  • to maintain a good image or standing in the eyes of others


    She worked hard to preserve her reputation as an honest and trustworthy person.

  • to maintain the current situation or condition


    The company decided to preserve the status quo rather than make any major changes.

Origins of preserve

from Old French 'presever', from Medieval Latin 'praeservare', from Latin 'prae-' meaning 'before' + 'servare' meaning 'to keep'


Summary: preserve in Brief

To 'preserve' [priːˈzɜːv] means to keep something in its original state, protect it from harm, or prevent food from decaying. Examples include preserving natural resources, ancient artifacts, and one's dignity. Phrases like 'preserve the peace' and 'preserve one's reputation' demonstrate the importance of maintaining certain conditions. Synonyms include 'conserve,' 'maintain,' and 'protect.'

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