Reserve - to keep something for a particular purpose
Mondays for tidying my desk and answering letters.
are reserved for the elderly and women with babies.
judgment on this issue (= I won ´t give an opinion on it now) until we have more
reserve something such as a seat on an aircraft or a table at a restaurant, you
arrange for it to be kept for your use:
a double room at the Lamb Hotel.
[ + two
objects ] If you get there early, reserve me a seat/reserve a seat for me.
Conserve = to keep and protect something from damage,
change, or waste:
electricity, we are cutting down on our heating.
nationalists are very eager to conserve their customs and language.
I ´m not
being lazy - I ´m just conserving my energy/strength for later.
Preserve - to
keep something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from decaying or
being damaged or destroyed:
We want to
preserve the character of the town while improving the facilities.
agreement preserved our right to limit trade in endangered species.
varnish on wood is a way of preserving it.
I need to
get out of the house from time to time just to preserve (= prevent me from
losing) my sanity.
well preserved - to treat food in a particular way so that it
can be kept for a long time without going bad:
preserved in brandy
It ´s our
duty to preserve the planet for future generations.
Forestry Commission is responsible for preserving over 2 million acres of
of the Roman fort are well preserved.
attempt is being made to ensure that these works of art are preserved for
He has a
collection of prehistoric insects preserved in amber.