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British English: /prɪˈzəːv/
American English: /prəˈzərv/

Translation of preserve in French:


  • 2 (territory) [literal] [figurative] to be a male preserve
    être la chasse gardée des hommes, être reservé aux hommes

transitive verb

  • 1 (save from destruction)
    préserver (land, building, manuscript, memory, tradition, language) (for pour)
    entretenir (wood, leather, painting)
  • 3 (keep, hold onto)
    garder (sense of humour, dignity, silence, beauty, health)
  • 4 (rescue, save life of) God preserve us! [dated]
    Dieu nous garde!
    heaven ou the saints preserve us from that! (dated or humorous)
    le ciel nous en préserve!
  • 5 (Culinary) (prevent from rotting)
    conserver (food)
  • 6 (make into jam)
    faire de la confiture de (fruit)

also: preserved past participle adjective

  • (food)
    en conserve
    (site, castle)
    preserved in vinegar/peat
    conservé dans le vinaigre/la tourbe
    preserved on film/on tape
    conservé sur la pellicule/sur bande
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