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noun [uncountable] preservation pronunciation in British English /ˌprezə(r)ˈveɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    the process of working to protect something valuable so that it is not damaged or destroyed
    preservation of: an organization devoted to the preservation of historic buildings
    Preservation of the environment is vital.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] involved in preservation
      a preservation society/group/project
      the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust
  2. 2
    the process of trying to make a situation or state continue without changing
    preservation of: the preservation of peace/public order
  3. 3
    chemistry the addition of a chemical substance to food or wood in order to prevent it from decaying
    improved methods of food preservation
  4. 4
    the degree to which something has not been changed by the effects of time or weather
    state of preservation: The carvings are in a poor state of preservation.


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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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