Definition of preservation in US English:

preservation

noun

  • 1The action of preserving something.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

preservation

/ˌprɛzərˈveɪʃ(ə)n//ˌprezərˈvāSH(ə)n/