noun (AmE) ⇨ See also ↑reserve
forest, nature, wilderness, wildlife

This land is protected as a wildlife preserve.

game, hunting
in a/the preserve

She decided to go for a walk in the forest preserve.

carefully, faithfully, lovingly

She carefully preserved all his letters.


The style of the original film is preserved perfectly.

seek to, try to
be anxious to, want to, wish to

We were anxious to preserve the original character of the house.

help (to)

We need to take action to help preserve fish stocks.

fight to

campaigners fighting to preserve a historic building

be designed to, be intended to

The Act contained provisions designed to preserve the status quo.

be important to

The prison is preserved as a tourist attraction.


The collection has been sold to the British Museum where it will be preserved for the nation.


an attempt to preserve the corpse from decomposition

an attempt to preserve sth
beautifully, exquisitely, well, wonderfully, etc. preserved

They were thrilled to discover a beautifully preserved specimen of Roman pottery.

be preserved intact

The bones had all been preserved intact.

be worth preserving

You need to say why the building is worth preserving.

poorly preserved

The iron coins are poorly preserved and have rusted.

Preserve is used with these nouns as the object: ↑anonymity, ↑appearance, ↑autonomy, ↑balance, ↑beauty, ↑character, ↑confidentiality, ↑countryside, ↑culture, ↑custom, ↑dignity, ↑diversity, ↑environment, ↑essence, ↑freedom, ↑habitat, ↑harmony, ↑heritage, ↑honour, ↑identity, ↑illusion, ↑impartiality, ↑independence, ↑institution, ↑integrity, ↑landscape, ↑legacy, ↑liberty, ↑link, ↑memory, ↑modesty, ↑monopoly, ↑monument, ↑neutrality, ↑order, ↑peace, ↑prerogative, ↑privacy, ↑purity, ↑rating, ↑relic, ↑remains, ↑republic, ↑reputation, ↑right, ↑sanity, ↑semblance, ↑skeleton, ↑stability, ↑status quo, ↑tradition, ↑unity, ↑value, ↑viability, ↑wilderness, ↑wildlife

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  • Preserve — Pre*serve , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preserved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preserving}.] [F. pr[ e]server, from L. prae before + servare to save, preserve; cf. L. praeservare to observe beforehand. See {Serve}.] 1. To keep or save from injury or destruction;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • preserve — [prē zʉrv′, prizʉrv′] vt. preserved, preserving [ME preserven < MFr preserver < ML praeservare, to preserve, protect < LL, to observe beforehand < L prae , PRE + servare: see OBSERVE] 1. to keep from harm, damage, danger, evil, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

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  • Preserve — Pre*serve , v. i. 1. To make preserves. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To protect game for purposes of sport. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preserve — Pre*serve , n. 1. That which is preserved; fruit, etc., seasoned and kept by suitable preparation; esp., fruit cooked with sugar; commonly in the plural. [1913 Webster] 2. A place in which game, fish, etc., are preserved for purposes of sport, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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