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Preserve, 1) to keep in the same state, to defend from injury or destruction, to save; absol.: “a choking gall and a --ing sweet,” Rom. I, 1, 200. Transitively: “feeding on that which doth p. the ill,” Sonn. 147, 3. “a cherubin that did p. me,” Tp. I, 2, 153. “prayers from --d souls,” Meas. II, 2, 153 (kept pure). “to p. virginity,” All's I, 1, 138. Tw. V, 263. Wint. I, 2, 328. V, 3, 124. V, 3, 124 H4B II, 2, 103. IV, 5, 163. H6A IV, 5, 33. B III, 1, 301. R3 II, 2, 119. Tit. III, 2, 2. V, 3, 110. Lr. II, 3, 6. IV, 6, 74. Oth. I, 3, 206. Ant. III, 4, 22. Cymb. V, 3, 58. Per. II, 2, 16. IV, 3, 15. V, 3, 57. With from: “to p. my sovereign from his foe,” H6B III, 1, 271. Oth. IV, 2, 84. Cymb. I, 4, 148. Per. V, 3, 89 (O. Edd. preferred). Optatively: “good angels p. the king,” Tp. II, 1, 307. “Jesu p. thee,” R2 V, 2, 17. H4B II, 4, 315. H5 IV, 7, 113. H6B I, 1, 162. I, 2, 70. R3 I, 3, 59. Cor. III, 3, 143. IV, 6, 20. Tim. I, 1, 162. Mcb. IV, 2, 72. Ant. V, 1, 60. Per. IV, 6, 114. V, 1, 14.
2) to condite, to pickle: “to make perfumes, distil, p.” Cymb. I, 5, 13.
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