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  1. [noun] a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone; "medicine is no longer a male preserve"

  2. [noun] a reservation where animals are protected

  3. [noun] fruit preserved by cooking with sugar
    Synonyms: conserve, conserves

  4. [verb] keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last; "preserve the peace in the family"; "continue the family tradition"; "Carry on the old traditions"
    Synonyms: continue, uphold, carry on, bear on

  5. [verb] keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; "We 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"
    Synonyms: conserve, maintain, keep up

  6. [verb] to keep up and reserve for personal or special use; "She saved the old family photographs in a drawer"
    Synonyms: save

  7. [verb] prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"
    Synonyms: keep

  8. [verb] maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"
    Synonyms: keep

  9. [verb] keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing; "preserve the forest and the lakes"


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