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preservation

noun [U] uk   /ˌprez.əˈveɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ɚ-/
C1 the act of keeping something the same or of preventing it from being damaged: building preservation wood preservation There is great public concern about some of the chemicals used in food preservation. The church is in a poor state of preservation (= has not been kept in good condition). The president has said that the government is committed to the preservation (= protection) of the country's national interests. She belongs to the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites
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