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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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References in classic literature ?
She just carried that sauce and pudding out and brought in some strawberry preserves.
Let me give you a bit of fruit cake and some of the cherry preserves.
and she was honestly anxious to preserve her little daughter from the contamination of further intimacy with such a child.
The power of the head of the nation was commonly too weak, either to preserve the public peace, or to protect the people against the oppressions of their immediate lords.
In her view the aim of every religion was merely to preserve certain proprieties while affording satisfaction to human desires.
And so constantly do they abide and act by this maxim, that, in every parish almost in the kingdom, there is a kind of confederacy ever carrying on against a certain person of opulence called the squire, whose property is considered as free-booty by all his poor neighbours; who, as they conclude that there is no manner of guilt in such depredations, look upon it as a point of honour and moral obligation to conceal, and to preserve each other from punishment on all such occasions.
This claim, however, I desire to be allowed me only on condition that I preserve strict honesty towards my poor brethren, from whom, if ever I borrow any of that little of which they are possessed, I shall never fail to put their mark upon it, that it may be at all times ready to be restored to the right owner.
Fentolin," he added, with the air of one making a last effort to preserve his temper, "the mission with which I am charged is one of greater importance than you can imagine.
Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly', "The Little Book Of Home Preserving" is especially recommended for the novice homemakers wanting to begin making preserves for their families, and has a great deal of value for those already experienced and familiar with home preserving.
Preserves land for the general public's outdoor recreation or education;
Among other delicious sounding recipes are Balsamic Red Pepper Jelly, Brandied Apricot Preserves, Thai Hot and Sweet Dipping Sauce, Bruschetta in a Jar, Tamarind Chutney, Orange Chili Marmalade, Chicken Wing Sauce, Danish Cherry Sauce and more.
What greenways do for species in the city and surrounding suburbs, preserves do across thousands of miles in Mecklenburg County.
The industry is now dealing with a whole new group of original, born-digital records that need to be preserved and accessed over time in a way that preserves content as well as their dynamic features.
The Curator Branch collects and preserves artifacts such as uniforms, ships' bells, and other items.
With limited time off and dwindling free access to public and private hunting ground--the result, among other factors, of an expanding ranching industry and a trend among landowners to charge fees to hunters--many executives turn to private preserves or plantations such as Highland Hills to satisfy their wing-shooting passion.