preserve

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See also: préserve and préservé

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From Old French preserver, from Medieval Latin preservare (keep, preserve), from Late Latin praeservare (guard beforehand), present active infinitive of praeservo.

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preserve (countable and uncountable, plural preserves)

  1. A sweet spread made of any of a variety of berries.
  2. A reservation, a nature preserve.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
      Suppose Shakespeare had been knocked on the head some dark night in Sir Thomas Lucy's preserves, the world would have wagged on better or worse, the pitcher gone to the well, the scythe to the corn, and the student to his book; and no one been any the wiser of the loss.
  3. An activity with restricted access.
    • 2013 June 22, “T time”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68: 
      The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them, which is then licensed to related businesses in high-tax countries, is often assumed to be the preserve of high-tech companies.

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More often used in the plural, as strawberry preserves, but the form without the -s can also be used as the plural form, or to refer to a single type.

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preserve (third-person singular simple present preserves, present participle preserving, simple past and past participle preserved)

  1. To protect; to keep from harm or injury.
    • Shakespeare
      Now, good angels preserve the king.
    • Yuri Gagarin
      Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it.
  2. To save from decay by the use of some preservative substance, such as as sugar or salt; to season and prepare (fruits, meat, etc.) for storage.
    to preserve peaches or grapes
  3. To maintain throughout; to keep intact.
    to preserve appearances; to preserve silence

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preserve

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of preservar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of preservar
  3. first-person singular imperative of preservar
  4. third-person singular imperative of preservar

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preserve

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of preservar.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of preservar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of preservar.