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Definition of preserve
verb [with object]
maintain (something) in its original or existing state:all records of the past were zealously preserved (as adjective preserved)a magnificently preserved monastery retain (a condition or state of affairs):a fight to preserve local democracy maintain or keep alive (a memory or quality):the film has preserved all the qualities of the novel keep safe from harm or injury:a place for preserving endangered species treat or refrigerate (food) to prevent its decomposition or fermentation. prepare (fruit) for long-term storage by boiling it with sugar: (as adjective preserved)those sweet preserved fruits associated with Cremona keep (game or an area where game is found) undisturbed to allow private hunting or shooting.
) food made with fruit preserved in sugar, such as jam or marmalade:home-made preserves
2a sphere of activity regarded as being reserved for a particular person or group:the civil service became the preserve of the educated middle class 3a place where game is protected and kept for private hunting or shooting.