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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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When thinking about the life preserver example above, does that make any sense to you?
Bottom line: no matter what the water sport may be, wear a life preserver.
After randomization half the face was treated twice daily for 12 weeks with the ICONIC Ultimate Anti-aging Skin Preserver cream and the other half with the control cream.
Mr Farese added: "We believe there were only four life preservers for the five passengers.
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.
The product, Asset Preserver, is a universal life policy that allows the death benefit to be accelerated to pay for LTC expenses.
Just recently, for example, we learned that with the market having gone up 28 percent in value in just four months, "investors float like the shipwrecked in World War II, in an environment as comfortably padded as the life preserver named after Mae West.
They pulled Linda out and threw me a life preserver and rescued me.
The ten incarnations of Vishnu the Preserver were narrated in Dasavatar, where all five dancers created a kaleidoscope of vivid tableaux.
There is an exception to this normal response, of course-one situation in which you would cling to the Fifth Amendment like a life preserver.
The Reed Archives Web Preserver service was chosen as a finalist in the Best Legal Information Solution and Best Business Information Solution categories.
Cette femme artisan s'emploie a mettre en valeur cette activite, en inculquant ses secrets aux filles de la region, par souci de preserver leur patrimoine et d'apporter un plus a la region.
1]] The GALAXY S 5 is water resistant, while the Preserver Series[sup.
Un musee des anciens resistants, un espace educatif et culturel destine a preserver la memoire nationale, a ete inaugure a Ghafsai, dans la province de Taounate, a l'occasion de la commemoration du 56eme anniversaire de la construction de la route d'Al-Wahda.
Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class Isidro Yance weighs a carbon dioxide bottle during preventative maintenance on a life preserver aboard USS George H.