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preserve

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1  —as in:
preserve the records
Definition to protect something or to keep it as it is
  • They are preserving the elephant habitat.
preserving = protecting or keeping something from changing
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Most tax records need to be preserved for three years.
  • preserved = kept
  • The new USB standard preserves backward compatibility.
  • preserves = protects or keep a condition from changing
  • The law preserves people's right to select their own doctor.
  • preserves = protects or keeps a condition from changing
  • The town is preserving historic buildings and its unique charm.
  • preserving = protecting or keeping a condition from changing
  • It exposed the weakness of the League of Nations as a force to preserve peace.
  • preserve = protect
  • Let's preserve some sense of decorum.
  • preserve = keep or maintain
  • The police closed off the room to preserve the crime scene.
  • preserve = keep a condition from changing
  • She took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.
  • preserve = protect or maintain
  • The change was made to preserve the NATO alliance.
preserve = protect or maintain

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2  —as in:
preserve the peaches
Definition to prepare food in a way that keeps it from spoiling
  • Salt was used to preserve the meat.
preserve = prepare food in a way to keep it from spoiling
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • My grandmother preserves peaches.
  • preserves = prepares food in a way to keep it from spoiling
  • See, Lily, honey is a preservative.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • preservative = something that keeps things from spoiling
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ative" in preservative means tending to. This is the same pattern you see in words like representative, creative, and comparative.)
  • Alaskan hunters know that the easiest way to preserve meat in the bush is to slice it into thin strips and then air-dry it on a makeshift rack.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • preserve = prepare in a way that keeps from spoiling
  • The cans were coated with dust and starting to rust, but we figured the food was still safe to eat, since the whole point of canning was to preserve.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • preserve = prepare food in a way that keeps it from spoiling
  • We ordered a large amount of meat (under the counter, of course) that we were planning to preserve in case there were hard times ahead.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • preserve = of food: prepare it in a way that keeps it from spoiling
  • Every summer Miss Katherine would pick bushels of peaches and preserve them in jars with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and other spices which she kept secret.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • preserve = prepare in a way that keeps from spoiling
  • "I am going to get up a little to-day," she says and turns to my sister, who is continually running to the kitchen to watch that the food does not burn: "And put out that jar of preserved whortleberries—you like that, don't you?" she asks me.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • preserved = prepared in a way that keeps them from spoiling (and with lots of sugar, kind of like jam)
  • They eat it in a variety of ways, raw, boiled, baked, or fried, and enjoy it especially dipped in oil or lard, in which they also preserve it.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • preserve = prepare in a way that keeps from spoiling
  • "I didn't know honey was a preservative," I said, starting to like the feel of it under my fingers, how they glided as if oiled.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
preservative = something that can be added to food to keep it from spoiling
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ative" in preservative means tending to. This is the same pattern you see in words like representative, creative, and comparative.)

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3  —as in:
a wildlife preserve
Definition a place where conditions are kept as they were to protect wildlife
  • The land was donated to the state so it could forever remain a wildlife preserve.
preserve = a place where conditions are kept unchanged to protect wildlife
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We visited the wildlife preserve.
  • preserve = a place where conditions are kept unchanged to protect wildlife
  • He tells them he's building a wildlife preserve.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
preserve = a place where conditions are kept as they were to protect wildlife

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4  —as in:
no longer a male preserve
Definition something exclusive to (someone or some group) — such as an activity or place
  • At that time, Yoga was the preserve of India's highest-caste men.
preserve = an activity done exclusively by a group
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Once an all-male preserve, the club now has twenty female members.
  • preserve = a place exclusive to a group
  • Owning a private jet is the preserve of the rich.
  • preserve = something exclusive to a group
  • At any rate, very few Indians were converted, and the Salem folk believed that the virgin forest was the Devil's last preserve, his home base and the citadel of his final stand.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
preserve = place of control

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5  —as in:
mom made preserves
Definition chunks of fruit cooked with sugar and sealed (usually in a mason jar) so it will not spoil
  • My grandmother made preserves.
preserves = chunks of fruit cooked with sugar so they will not spoil
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Preserves have more fruit than jam.
  • preserves = chunks of fruit cooked with sugar so they will not spoil
  • In jam, the fruit comes in the form of fruit pulp or crushed fruit. In preserves, the fruit comes in the form of chunks in a gel or syrup.
preserves = chunks of fruit cooked with sugar so they will not spoil

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