Definition of preserve noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prɪˈzɜːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈzɜːrv//
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  1. 1[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
  2. 2 [countable, usually plural, uncountable] a type of jam made by boiling fruit with a large amount of sugar
  3. 3 [countable, usually plural, uncountable] (especially British English) a type of pickle made by cooking vegetables with salt or vinegar
  4. 4[countable] (North American English) = reserve
  5. 5[countable] an area of private land or water where animals and fish are kept for people to hunt
  6. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘keep safe from harm’): from Old French preserver, from late Latin praeservare, from prae- ‘before, in advance’ + servare ‘to keep’.Extra examples This land is protected as a wildlife preserve. Higher education is no longer the preserve of the wealthy. I began my career in the days when nursing was a female preserve. something is the preserve of philosophers/​a leisured upper class/​a few academics/​a social elite/​affluent owner occupiers/​Oxford dons/​scholars.
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