- preserve ► VERB 1) maintain in its original or existing state. 2) keep safe from harm or injury. 3) keep alive (a memory or quality). 4) treat (food) to prevent its decomposition. 5) prepare (fruit) for long-term storage by boiling it with sugar.► NOUN 1) a foodstuff made with fruit preserved in sugar. 2) something regarded as reserved for a particular person or group. 3) a place where game is protected and kept for private hunting.DERIVATIVES preservable adjective preserver noun.ORIGIN Latin praeservare, from prae- 'before' + servare 'to keep' .
English terms dictionary. 2015.