Definitions: (1) to keep alive or in existence; saving; (2) make lasting <preserving the liberties for future citizens>; (3) keeps from harm, damage, danger, or evil; protective

Synonyms: defend, guard, maintain, secure

• The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom. — John Locke (1632-1704) English philosopher
• When we really leave the planet, we all go as humans, not as people from one country or another. We are humans; we work together. This is our only planet so we all should have an interest in preserving it. — Sunita Lyn Williams (1935-) American astronaut

Theological Figure: Vishnu, the Preserver, second deity of the Hindu Trimurti