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Definition of preserve noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] = reserve (2)
  2. 2[singular] preserve (of somebody) an activity, a job, an interest, etc. that is thought to be suitable for one particular person or group of people Football is no longer the preserve of men. in the days when nursing was a female preserve
  3. 3[countable, usually plural, uncountable] a sweet food made by boiling fruit with a large amount of sugar
  4. 4[countable] an area of private land or water where animals and fish are kept for people to hunt
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