pre·serve /prɪˈzɝv/ 及物動詞
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.
Pre·serve, v. i.
1. To make preserves.
2. To protect game for purposes of sport.
1. That which is preserved; fruit, etc., seasoned and kept by suitable preparation; esp., fruit cooked with sugar; -- commonly in the plural.
2. A place in which game, fish, etc., are preserved for purposes of sport, or for food.
n 1: a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone;
"medicine is no longer a male preserve"
2: a reservation where animals are protected
3: fruit preserved by cooking with sugar [syn: conserve, conserves,
v 1: keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or
last; "preserve the peace in the family"; "continue the
family tradition"; "Carry on the old traditions" [syn: continue,
uphold, carry on, bear on] [ant: discontinue]
2: keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or
destruction; "We preserve these archeological findings";
"The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children
must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The
museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts" [syn: conserve,
maintain, keep up]
3: to keep up and reserve for personal or special use; "She
saved the old family photographs in a drawer" [syn: save]
4: prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep
potatoes fresh" [syn: keep]
5: maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God
keep you" [syn: keep]
6: keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting,
shooting, or fishing; "preserve the forest and the lakes"