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English definition of “preservation”

preservation

noun [U]     /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 → See also self-preservationEnvironmental issuesRubbish and wasteProtection and protectorsProtection and protectorsEnvironmental issues
(Definition of preservation noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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