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preserve /prɪˈzɜːv/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. to keep safe from danger or harm; protect
  2. to protect from decay or dissolution; maintain: to preserve old buildings
  3. to maintain possession of; keep up: to preserve a façade of indifference
  4. to prevent from decomposition or chemical change
  5. to prepare (food), as by freezing, drying, or salting, so that it will resist decomposition
  6. to make preserves of (fruit, etc)
  7. to rear and protect (game) in restricted places for hunting or fishing
  8. (intransitive) to maintain protection and favourable conditions for game in preserves
  1. something that preserves or is preserved
  2. a special area or domain: archaeology is the preserve of specialists
  3. (usually plural) fruit, etc, prepared by cooking with sugar
  4. areas where game is reared for private hunting or fishing
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French, from Late Latin praeservāre literally: to keep safe in advance, from Latin prae- before + servāre to keep safe

preˈservable adj preservation /ˌprɛzəˈveɪʃən/ n preˈserver n

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