Definition of preservation in English:

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Pronunciation: /prɛzəˈveɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of preserving something: the preservation of the city’s green spaces food preservation
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  • Chilling or freezing was originally only available as a method of food preservation to those with a ready supply of ice.
  • In the ancient world, herbs were valued as much for food preservation as they were for flavor.
  • In the days before refrigeration and canning, salt was one of the only methods of food preservation.
1.1The state of being preserved, especially to a specified degree: the chapel is in a poor state of preservation
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  • The fine preservation is due to the silicification of chert in which it was embedded.
  • As well as ensuring the long-term preservation of these buildings, the work will greatly improve access to the site.
  • But it is Machu Picchu's remarkable unity and state of preservation that are so satisfying to a visitor.


Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin praeservatio(n-), from late Latin praeservare 'to keep' (see preserve).

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