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preserve / proteger
preserve   [prɪˈzɜ:v]
A. -transitive verb
1. (=keep in existence)
[+endangered species, jobs, language]   proteger,   preservar
[+customs, silence, reputation]   conservar,   mantener
[+sense of humour, memory]   conservar
·we will do everything to preserve (the) peace
·haremos todo lo posible por mantener la paz
·as a doctor, it was my duty to preserve life
·como masculineédico, era mi deber salvar vidas
·to preserve somebody'noun [anonymity]
·mantener a somebody, someone en el anonimato
2. (=keep from decay)
[+object, environment, meat]   conservar
·perfectly preserved medieval houses
casas feminine plural medievales en perfecto estado
·to preserve one'noun [looks]
·conservar el atractivo
·to preserve the [status quo]
·mantener el statu quo
·the body was preserved [in] ice
·el cuerpo se conservaba en hielo
3. (especially British, Great Britain)   (culinary, cooking )
(=bottle, pickle, etcetera)
[+fruit]   hacer conservas de
[+meat, fish]   conservar
·peppers and chillies may be preserved [in] oil
·los pimientos y los chiles se pueden conservar en aceite
·to preserve something in [salt]
·conservar algo en sal
4. (=protect)
4.1. (generally)   proteger
·to preserve something [from]/[against] something
·proteger algo de algo
·paint the metal to preserve it from corrosion
·pinte el metal para protegerlo de la corrosiónoun
4.2. (in prayers, wishes)
·may God preserve you
·que Dios os ampare
·God or Heaven or saints preserve us!
·¡que Dios nos ampare!
·heaven preserve [us] from little boys
humorous   que Dios nos proteja de los niños
5. (for private hunting, fishing)
[+game]   proteger
B. -noun
1. (culinary, cooking )
1.1. (=jam)   mermelada (f),   confitura (f)
(=bottled fruit, chutney)   conserva (f)
·damson preserve
mermelada or confitura
1.2. preserves   conservas feminine plural
2. (=restricted area)
2.1. (Hunting)   coto (m),   vedado (m)   (for wildlife)   reserva (f)
2.2. (figurative)   dominio (m)
·banking has remained almost exclusively a male preserve
·la banca sigue siendo casi exclusivamente del dominio masculino
·they are poaching on my preserve
·estánoun invadiendo mi terreno
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co Ltd. 1971,1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992,1993,1996,1997,2000,2003,2005.
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