(Latin: servare, to watch, to keep safe, to protect, to maintain; to preserve)
Don't confuse this serv-, -serve with another Latin serv- which means "servant" or "slave".
2. To regard with attention; especially, so as to see or learn something: "I want you to observe her reaction to the judge's question."
3. To watch, view, or note for a scientific, official, or other special purpose: "She wanted to observe the eclipse of the moon."
2. The activity of getting food ready for future use to avoid it spoiling: The preservation of food for the winter was important for Jane's family, so she made jams, canned peaches, and froze berries for enjoying later that year.
2. A reservation, a natural protected area: The Rawsons loved to visit wildlife preserves or sanctuaries on their trips, especially those which protected many animals from hunters.
3. A domaine that is especially set aside for someone: Women have entered the preserve of medicine which was formally dominated by men.
2. The amount of capital kept on hand by a banker, insurance company, etc., in order to meet ordinary or probable demands.
3. Kept or remaining unutilized; still available.
2. That which is set aside for later use: Aurora decided to keep the extra jar of strawberry jam in reserve for breakfast.
Nathan kept funds in reserve in the sugar bowl for emergency expenses.3. Military forces that are not on active duty but that can be called upon in emergencies: Craig's nephew was an officer in the naval reserve and he was called upon to provide aid to ships during the severe storms at sea.
4. An area of a country that is set aside for a special purpose: The mountain goats lived in the reserve high in the mountains.
Karl will reserve his comments until after the budget for the condominium fund reserve has been approved.