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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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Preserver Partners, LLC is an SEC-registered alternative asset management firm that manages a liquid alternatives mutual fund and private investment funds for public and corporate pension plans, corporations, profit-sharing plans, endowments and foundations, and individuals.
In our survey of the market, we found that Switlik, one of the largest aviation life preserver providers offers an airline-style life preserver for $50.
In a vacuum, you might not assign much value to a life preserver, especially if the context or scenario is purely hypothetical.
But fashion-geeks can sigh in relief as the Preservers look cooler than their previous products.
Consider promoting the benefits of food preservers by indicating the kinds of foods, other products and situations for which they are effective.
Other preservers are "concerned, not with their own independent judgments but with what is thought, by those who hold opposing positions, to be deepest and most important.
Mr Farese said: "On every single flight you have to advise the passengers where the exit is or where the life preservers are.
A notre unite de dialyse et greffe renale, nous avons crees des outils (affiches, etiquettes et cartes personnalisees) qui sont des vehicules d'informations pour preserver le capital vasculaire.
They threw a life preserver and ropes to her, but she could not save herself.
COM Preserver allows the USB-to-serial hub to be unplugged and re-plugged (either in the same or a different computer) without changing the COM numbers assigned to the attached serial devices.
Stand-ins for traditional hall passes include a life preserver, rubber snakes and alligators, a shoe, a wooden apple, a magic wand, and even a doll named Igor.
FRESH 'N COLD FOOD PRESERVER WITH MIRACLITE: DHL LLP has introduced the Fresh 'N Cold food preserver unit with miraclite that helps eliminate food odors, control humidity and frost, and extend the shelf life of food.
One clue to her mode of departure might be the nearby boat emblazoned with a cheerful floral motif more often applied to pricey handbags and fitted with a life preserver bearing the iconic LV monogram.
The Howard Naturals line includes Wood Cleaner and Polish, Wood Preserver and Upholstery Cleaner (all three for $52), and each is available in three refreshing fragrances: lavender-bergamot, sandalwood-tangerine and vanilla-patchouli.
Of all the deities in Hinduism, the most important are Brahman, the creator of the universe, Vishnu, its preserver, and Shiva, its destroyer.