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preserve someone or something against something

to guard or protect someone or something against something. (Stilted or old-fashioned in reference to people.) I hope that the vaccine will preserve us against influenza. There is nothing in the jam to preserve it against spoilage.
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preserve someone or something from someone or something

to protect or guard someone or something from someone or something. Please help preserve our people from the attacks of our enemies. Is there any way to preserve my skin against the harmful rays of the sun?
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preserve something for someone or something

to save, maintain, or protect something for someone or some thing. Try to preserve some of these memories for your grandchildren. We learned how to preserve leaves for future reference.
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well preserved

Aging gracefully, still in good condition, as in I can't believe she's 65; she's certainly well preserved. [Mid-1800s]
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mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also pickled.) He drank a quart of vodka and is totally preserved.
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Vaccination cards should be so designed that mothers can tell easily by looking at them when to return for the remaining doses, and it should be easily preservable.
Without reproduction, whether or not they achieve such delight they will lose at death both her "Beauty" and his "ecchoing Song," a male creative impulse embodying the female subject in preservable form.
For all other women--those in the youngest age groups who don't have preservable embryos and for older women undergoing IVF--the study confirmed the appropriateness of the original recommendations, which are as follows:
Music," says the conductor, "is not a preservable object," and if you "just understand it, you are not part of it.
The archives should ensure that records creators create and retain records which are authentic, reliable, and preservable.
It seems only logical that the strides gained through remedial actions--in this case the hiring of more minority teachers--should be preservable by allowing some consideration of diversity during downsizing, when all else is equal.
La fascinacion de automatas que nos provoca mirar un cronometro o cualquier aparato de medicion --como los altimetros que ponen en las cabinas y que van decreciendo hasta que, cuando las llantas del avion tocan la pista, nos hacen celebrar el cero (especialmente en el aeropuerto de Barajas)--, esa fascinacion, digo, a duras penas sera preservable durante todo este ano y su fastidio durara hasta alcanzar la irrelevancia de 2003 (porque 2002 sera el joven capicua del XXI).
A firm will only outperform its competitors if it can establish a preservable difference.
The resulting beveled drillhole provides a uniquely identifiable and preservable record (in both recent and fossil shells) of a successful predation event; an incomplete drillhole represents a failed predation event (Carriker and Yochelson 1968).
For an excellent overview of an almost complete inventory of preservable Abelam artifacts, see Koch 1968; representative parts of the Basel Abelam collection are published in Hauser-Schaublin 1989.
Further, virtually all species with preservable hardparts tend to be present in local fossil assemblages, commonly in correct rank abundances, although the smaller body sizes are underrepresented.
it can be seen as a violent force, ripping through individuals as well as cultures, in order to create units of preservable information.