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1preserve/prɪˈzɚv/verb
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1preserve
/prɪˈzɚv/
verb
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Learner's definition of PRESERVE  
[+ object]
: to keep (something) in its original state or in good condition
: to keep (something) safe from harm or loss : protect
: to prevent (food) from decaying

— preserver

noun,pluralpreservers[count]
— see also life preserver
2preserve/prɪˈzɚv/noun
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2preserve
/prɪˈzɚv/
noun
pluralpreserves
Learner's definition of PRESERVE  
: a sweet food made of fruit cooked in sugar
[count]
— usually plural
[noncount]
[count]  : an area where plants, animals, minerals, etc., are protected
[singular]  : an activity, job, interest, etc., that is available to or considered suitable for only a particular group of people — often + of
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