Definition of preservation in English:

preservation

noun

  • 1The action of preserving something.

    ‘the preservation of the city's green spaces’
    ‘food preservation’
    • ‘My father is a good man and is concerned with preservation of the lakes.’
    • ‘He said the Archaeological Department would take up two forts within the State for preservation.’
    • ‘In the ancient world, herbs were valued as much for food preservation as they were for flavor.’
    • ‘The preservation of the body through the practice of mummification was also part of this process.’
    • ‘The facilities are also not able to cope with storage or preservation.’
    • ‘The village's unspoilt appearance and its careful preservation make it a natural choice for films set in the past.’
    • ‘However, he admits that Calgary is lagging well behind other cities in heritage preservation.’
    • ‘Labour, new and old, cares too much about production, not preservation; so building is progress.’
    • ‘Unlike other fruits, it has not found a place in the market or been used in the food preservation industry.’
    • ‘Entire villages, thanks to careful preservation or restoration, are attractions themselves.’
    • ‘It gave £3m of lottery money to the building judged by viewers to have the best claim to preservation.’
    • ‘We need to extend the season for local foods in cold climates with preservation.’
    • ‘Chilling or freezing was originally only available as a method of food preservation to those with a ready supply of ice.’
    • ‘Mr Wills said Terry Reilly's achievements extended well beyond the preservation of jobs.’
    • ‘The Heritage Lottery Fund is providing £104,000 towards the cost of its preservation.’
    • ‘On green space, Mr Lewis says preservation of natural heritage rates above jobs and tourism.’
    • ‘Vinyl hasn't simply become a symbol of cultural preservation or nostalgia, however.’
    • ‘The plans were almost identical to a scheme that was refused two years ago on a number of grounds, including tree preservation.’
    • ‘In the days before refrigeration and canning, salt was one of the only methods of food preservation.’
    • ‘Some Pagans have even given up their day jobs to dedicate their time to preservation of a monument.’
    conservation, protection, maintenance, care, safeguarding, keeping
    continuation, conservation, keeping up, keeping alive, keeping going, maintenance, upholding, sustaining, prolongation, perpetuation
    conserving, bottling, tinning, canning, potting, chilling, freezing, freeze-drying, quick-freezing, drying, desiccation, dehydration
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    1. 1.1 The state of being preserved, especially to a specified degree.
      ‘the homestead is in a fine state of preservation’
      • ‘But it is Machu Picchu's remarkable unity and state of preservation that are so satisfying to a visitor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the coins was in a wonderfully good state of preservation, while the other was battered and misshapen.’
      • ‘Yet this is probably precisely what led to its remarkable preservation.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

preservation

/ˌprezərˈvāSH(ə)n//ˌprɛzərˈveɪʃ(ə)n/