preserve Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “preserve” in the English Dictionary

"preserve" in British English

See all translations

preserveverb [T]

uk   /prɪˈzɜːv/  us   /prɪˈzɝːv/
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   /prɪˈzɝːv/
  • 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
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

planet

an extremely large, round mass of rock and metal, such as Earth, or of gas, such as Jupiter, that moves in a circular path around the sun or another star

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More