Pre·serve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preserved p. pr. & vb. n. Preserving.]
1. To keep or save from injury or destruction; to guard or defend from evil, harm, danger, etc.; to protect.
O Lord, thou preserved man and beast. --Ps. xxxvi. 6.
Now, good angels preserve the king. --Shak.
2. To save from decay by the use of some preservative substance, as sugar, salt, etc.; to season and prepare for remaining in a good state, as fruits, meat, etc.; as, to preserve peaches or grapes.
You can not preserve it from tainting. --Shak.
3. To maintain throughout; to keep intact; as, to preserve appearances; to preserve silence.
To preserve game, to protect it from extermination.
Syn: -- To keep; save; secure; uphold; sustain; defend; spare; protect; guard; shield. See Keep.