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an organization devoted to the preservation of historic buildings
Preservation of the environment is vital.
a preservation society/group/project
the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust
The carvings are in a poor state of preservation.
the preservation of peace/public order
improved methods of food preservation
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English version of definition of preservation
a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used
to put on clothes that make you look like someone else, for fun
a collection of debris, mostly consisting of plastic, which moves around in the sea …
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American definition of preservation from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.