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Pronunciation: /prɪˈzɜːrv; prɪˈzɜːv/

Translation of preserve in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (keep from decay) [food] conservar; [specimen/organ/body] conservar, preservar; [leather/wood] conservar 1.2 [Cookery/Cocina] [fruit/vegetables] hacer* conserva de, poner* en conserva
    Example sentences
    • I am passionate about food, my particular interests in my pub being both traditional English fare and the methods used for preserving food and enhancing its flavour.
    • Salting and smoking had long been known as methods for preserving foods over extended periods of time.
    • Candied ginger is ANOTHER preserved food; it's what sushi-eaters developed in Japan to keep their sushi fragrant.
    Example sentences
    • They all consist of fruits preserved mostly by means of sugar and they are thickened or jellied to some extent.
    • The Victorians adored sweets and ate far more fruit preserves than we do today.
    • Often these fruits are preserved after the harvest, providing a constant supply of compote year round.
    1.3 (maintain, keep) [building/writings/traditions] conservar; [dignity/credibility] conservar, mantener*
    Example sentences
    • It is a time not only to preserve the existing buildings but enhance the character of Bradford and provide complementary new architecture.
    • What about the reverse situation, where the public wants to preserve an existing building rather than require the inclusion of certain aesthetic features in new ones?
    • New buildings should preserve the existing environment while applying the latest science and materials.
  • 2 2.1 (save, protect) [literary/literario] proteger* heaven preserve us! ¡Dios nos ampare! to preserve sb from sth proteger* a algn de algo 2.2 [Sport/Deporte] [game/fish] proteger*
    Example sentences
    • The intent was to redirect some of the hunters' energy from shooting game to caring for it, thereby preserving enough game to satisfy increasing numbers of hunters.
    • It's my opinion that some of our public land should be preserved as game preserves.
    • Persons found in pursuit of game in the preserved areas will be prosecuted.
    Example sentences
    • The 2001 Election preserved this state of affairs, and has probably made Labour's first two terms much easier.
    • The countries are not necessarily members of the EU, but work together to promote the interests of journalists involved in European affairs as well as preserving the freedom of the press.
    • Clark's vision was of ‘an indestructible union of indestructible states’ that preserved the autonomy of local regional life.
    Example sentences
    • Research has shown that minutes, hours or days after an experience, memory preserves a relatively detailed record, allowing us to reproduce the past with reasonable if not perfect accuracy.
    • It is wonderful how Rose has developed this resource and has preserved the memory of these bygone days.
    • Even today it's still a shock to see the insignia on the headstones in this context - sixty years of war films have preserved its sense of menace.


  • 1 countable/numerable 1.1 (exclusive privilege, sphere) this is the preserve of experts esto es del dominio exclusivo de los expertos that profession is a male preserve esa profesión es terreno or coto exclusivamente masculino, esa profesión es terreno vedado a las mujeres 1.2 (restricted area) game preserve coto (masculine) or vedado (masculine) de caza wildlife preserve (American English/inglés norteamericano) reserva (feminine) de animales

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