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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : saving from harm or loss; "serves a conserving function"
            [syn: conserving]