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preserve

verb [T]  /prɪˈzɜrv/ us  

preserve verb [T] (KEEP)

to keep something as it is, esp. in order to prevent it from decaying or to protect it from being damaged or destroyed: The committee will suggest ways to preserve historically important buildings in the downtown area. To preserve food is to treat it in a particular way so it can be kept for a long time without going bad: My grandmother preserved cherries in syrup.

preserve

noun  /prɪˈzɜrv/ us  

preserve noun (SEPARATE ACTIVITY)

[C] an activity that only one person or a particular type of person does or is responsible for: The gardening is Jeanne’s special preserve.

preserve noun (SEPARATE PLACE)

[C] an area of land kept in its natural state, esp. for hunting and fishing or for raising animals and fish: a wildlife preserve

preserve noun (KEPT FOOD)

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