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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
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"preserve" in British English

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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

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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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