preserve (something) for (someone or something)

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preserve (something) for (someone or something)

To keep something in an intact, unaltered, or protected condition for some future person or need. I want to preserve this specimen for inspection at our labs. He has done everything in his power to preserve this vast estate for his children and his children's children. I want to preserve this dress for my daughter so she can wear it on her wedding day.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: for, preserve
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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She said we could have fruit cake and cherry preserves for tea.
"This is one of our more popular forest preserves for outdoor recreation enthusiasts," said Dan Stearns, Lake County Forest Preserves superintendent of recreational facilities.
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.
Forest Preserve District ecologist Andres Ortega will discuss conservation efforts in local forest preserves for Baltimore checkerspot butterflies, Hine's emerald dragonflies and rusty-patched bumblebees.
This partnership between CFC and other conservation groups and volunteers, will link more than 14,000 acres of prairies, wetlands and forest preserves for larger conservation success and benefits to area residents.