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preserve

verb [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 our right to limit trade in endangered species. 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 treat food in a particular way so that it can be kept for a long time without going bad: preserved fruit oranges preserved in brandy
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noun uk   /prɪˈzɜːv/  us   /-ˈzɝːv/

preserve noun (FOOD)

[C or U] a food made from fruit or vegetables boiled with sugar and water until it becomes like a firm sauce: apricot preserve jars of preserves
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preserve noun (ACTIVITY)

[S] an activity that only one person or a particular type of person does or is responsible for: Owning racehorses is the preserve of the rich. Sport used to be a male preserve.

preserve noun (PLACE)

[C] US a reserve noun
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