Meaning of “preservation” in the English Dictionary

"preservation" in British English

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preservationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌprez.əˈveɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌprez.ɚˈveɪ.ʃən/

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

(Definition of “preservation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"preservation" in American English

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preservationnoun [ U ]

us /ˌprez·ərˈveɪ·ʃən/

the act of keeping something as it is, esp. in order to prevent it from decaying or to protect it from being damaged or destroyed:

Janet is very interested in historic preservation (= protecting places of historic importance).
preservationist
noun [ C ] us /ˌprez·ərˈveɪ·ʃə·nɪst/

Preservationists were outraged at the proposal to tear down a historic theater.

(Definition of “preservation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)