pre·serve /pri-'zərv/ vt pre·served, pre·serv·ing1: to keep safe from injury, harm, or destructionexpenses necessary to preserve the property2 a: to keep valid, intact, or in existence (as pending a proceeding)the right of a trial by jury shall be preserved — U.S. Constitution amend. VIIthe dismissal of a chapter 7 case...reinstates certain transfers voided or preserved in the case — J. H. Williamsonb: to maintain for use or consideration at a later time esp. by keeping a record ofdeposed the witness to preserve her testimonya party has the option of preserving the objection raised — J. H. Friedenthal et al.pres·er·va·tion /ˌpre-zər-'vā-shən/ n
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
attend to, bolster, care for, champion, cherish, condire, conservare, conserve, continue, cure, defend, economize, ensconce, ensure, favor, foster, give support, guard, harbor, haven, hoard, house, husband, insure, keep, keep alive, keep from harm, keep intact, keep safe, keep sound, keep under cover, keep up, keep watch over, lend support, look after, maintain, mind, minister to, nourish, patronize, perpetuate, prolong, promote, protect, protect from injury, provide for, provide sanctuary, put away, reinforce, rescue, safeguard, save, screen, secure, servare, shelter, shield, shield from danger, shield from injury, spare, stand behind, support, sustain, sustinere, take care of, tend, treasure, tueri, uphold, watch, watch over
associated concepts: preserve one's rights, preserve records, preserve the peace
adhere (maintain loyalty), conserve, continue (prolong), ensconce, fund, harbor, hoard, hold (possess), keep (shelter), maintain (sustain), perpetuate, prolong, protect, protection, record, rescue, reserve, retain (keep in possession), save (conserve), sustain (prolong), uphold
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006