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verb [transitive]     preserve pronunciation in British English
/prɪˈzɜː(r)v/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypreserve
he/she/itpreserves
present participlepreserving
past tensepreserved
past participlepreserved
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  1. 1
    to take care of a place or building in order to prevent it from being harmed or destroyed

    The society works to preserve the district’s historic buildings.

    beautifully/perfectly/carefully preserved:

    a beautifully preserved fresco

  2. 2
    to keep an idea, quality, or situation from changing or being lost

    It’s important that these traditions are preserved.

    Our goal is to preserve the dignity and independence of our patients.

    He’s managed to preserve his boyish good looks.

  3. 3
    chemistry to prevent food or wood from decaying by adding a chemical substance to it
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