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English noun: preserve

1. preserve (state) a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone

SamplesMedicine is no longer a male preserve.

Broader (hypernym)area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere

2. preserve (location) a reservation where animals are protected

Broader (hypernym)reservation, reserve

Narrower (hyponym)shooting preserve

3. preserve (food) fruit preserved by cooking with sugar

Synonymsconserve, conserves, preserves

Broader (hypernym)confiture

Narrower (hyponym)apple butter, chowchow, jam, jelly, lemon cheese, lemon curd, marmalade

English verb: preserve

1. preserve (stative) keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

SamplesPreserve the peace in the family.
Continue the family tradition.
Carry on the old traditions.

Synonymsbear on, carry on, continue, uphold

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold, keep, maintain

Narrower (hyponym)hang in, hang on, hold on, keep up, mummify, perpetuate, persevere, persist, prolong, re-start, restart, resume, sustain

Verb groupcontinue, continue, go along, go forward, go on, keep, proceed, proceed

Antonymscease, discontinue, lay off, quit, stop, give up

2. preserve (possession) keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

SamplesWe preserve these archeological findings.
The old lady could not keep up the building.
Children must be taught to conserve our national heritage.
The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts.

Synonymsconserve, keep up, maintain

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)keep

Narrower (hyponym)embalm, hold the line, plastinate

3. preserve (possession) to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

SamplesShe saved the old family photographs in a drawer.

ExamplesSam and Sue preserve the movie


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold on, keep

Narrower (hyponym)conserve, economise, economize, enter, husband, put down, record

4. preserve (change) prevent (food) from rotting

SamplesPreserved meats.
Keep potatoes fresh.

ExamplesThe chefs preserve the vegetables


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cook, fix, make, prepare, ready

Narrower (hyponym)can, conserve, corn, cure, dehydrate, desiccate, freeze-dry, pickle, put up, refrigerate, salt, tin

Verb groupkeep, stay fresh

5. preserve (stative) maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger

SamplesMay God keep you.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)protect

Verb groupkeep

6. preserve (stative) keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing

SamplesPreserve the forest and the lakes.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold, keep, maintain

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