preserve Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “preserve” in the English Dictionary

"preserve" in British English

See all translations

preserveverb [T]

uk   /prɪˈzɜːv/  us   /-ˈzɝːv/
B2 to ​keep something as it is, ​especially in ​order to ​prevent it from ​decaying or being ​damaged or ​destroyed: to preserve the ​environment We ​want to preserve the ​character of the ​town while ​improving the ​facilities. The ​agreement preserved ​ourright to ​limittrade in ​endangeredspecies. Putting ​varnish on ​wood is a way of preserving it. I need to get out of the ​house from ​time to ​time just to preserve (= ​prevent me from ​losing) my sanity. to ​treatfood in a ​particular way so that it can be ​kept for a ​longtime without going ​bad: preserved ​fruit oranges preserved inbrandy

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

preservenoun

uk   /prɪˈzɜːv/  us   /-ˈzɝːv/
  • preserve noun (FOOD)

[C or U] a ​food made from ​fruit or ​vegetablesboiled with ​sugar and ​water until it ​becomes a ​firmsauce: apricot preserve jars of preserves
See also
  • preserve noun (PLACE)

[C] US a reserve noun
(Definition of preserve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"preserve" in American English

See all translations

preserveverb [T]

 us   /prɪˈzɜrv/
  • 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 ​suggestways to preserve historically ​importantbuildings in the ​downtownarea. To preserve ​food is to ​treat it in a ​particular way so it can be ​kept for a ​longtime without going ​bad: My ​grandmother preserved ​cherries in ​syrup.

preservenoun

 us   /prɪˈzɜrv/
  • preserve noun (SEPARATE ACTIVITY)

[C] an ​activity that only one ​person or a ​particulartype of ​person does or is ​responsible for: The ​gardening is Jeanne’s ​special preserve.
  • preserve noun (SEPARATE PLACE)

[C] an ​area of ​landkept in ​itsnaturalstate, esp. for ​hunting and ​fishing or for ​raisinganimals and ​fish: a ​wildlife preserve
  • preserve noun (KEPT FOOD)

[C usually pl] fruitcooked with ​sugar: apricot preserves
(Definition of preserve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of preserve?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More