What does the word preserve mean?

Usage examples for preserve

  1. Then it became my turn to act upon my own behalf if I would preserve my life; yet never for one moment have I doubted you or the sincerity of your pledge to me." – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  2. Men are thought lucky in being light- hearted, but, for my part, may the gods preserve me from such luck! – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. I do not lay my plans so far in advance; but if you could conceal the poor fellow,- if you could preserve the life I have saved,- I confess I should be most grateful. – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas