preservation - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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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

    1. a.
      [only before noun] involved in preservation

      a preservation society/group/project

  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.