preserve-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: keep something intact, maintain unchanged condition

University has appealed the city to preserve the newly found archeological sites.
This project will help you organize and preserve family photographs.
I preserve oranges in brandy.
Save the owls! Preserve the forests!
She preserved a cool and composed manner throughout the interrogation.
Help us to preserve peace in this country.
We aim to preserve professional standards of conduct.

VerbNet: defend-72.2
FrameNet: Preserving
PropBank: preserve.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Sense Number 2: secure and protect a lifeform, maintain from injury or harm

Texas wildlife refuge preserves endangered animals.
Faithfully guided, draw near: to where the blessing of love shall preserve you!

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5