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preserve (someone or something) against (something)

To keep someone or something safe or protected from something. Many of these chemicals used to preserve our foods against decay have deleterious effects on our health. Parents are all so preoccupied with preserving their children against danger that they end up sheltering them from many of the things that make childhoods memorable.
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preserve (someone or something) from (something)

To keep someone or something safe or protected from something. Many of these chemicals used to preserve our foods from decay have deleterious effects on our health. Parents are all so preoccupied with preserving their children from danger that they end up sheltering them from many of the things that make childhoods memorable.
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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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preserved

dated slang Drunk. Based on the use of alcohol in preserving meat and vegetables. A: "Where's Bill?" B: "Oh, he spends most days getting preserved in the bar down the street." I was pretty preserved after all those shots they kept buying me last night.
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well preserved

1. Literally, having been kept from decaying over a long period of time. The ancient body found in the cave was miraculously well preserved. Researchers have indicated that any well preserved DNA of ancient animals could be used to bring them back to life through cloning techniques.
2. Not showing the usual effects of one's age. I must figure out his secret because, for a 70-year-old, he's remarkably well preserved.
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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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preserved

mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also pickled.) He drank a quart of vodka and is totally preserved.
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"Preserving Digital Information: Final Report and Recommendations." Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group.
I like to preserve fruits such as peaches,nectarines,cherries and plums in tall,elegant,glass preserving jars.
It will also be a vehicle for the exchange of information between those involved in archiving and preserving audiovisual materials.
states and territories for preserving significant state and local government information in digital form.
"These new monies are essential to preserving our rapidly dwindling open space and farmland," said Michael White, chair of the Long Island Chapter of the New York League of Conservation Voters.
Rather than highlighting individual species, the World Wildlife Fund stresses the importance of preserving globally-important hotspots of biodiversity--the Global 200.
Researchers have shown that, unlike most conventional preserving fluids, an improved version of Belzer's solution can be used in more than one kind of organ and in more than one preserving process.
Although less a factor in the private sector, archivists in government are especially concerned about preserving records of historical value that may appear on Web sites.
The city of Anacortes is considering a plan to let individuals or groups buy harvesting rights on the urban forest at its backdoor for $1,000 an acre, thus preserving the trees forever.
Hoffmann says these forests are primarily wasted on wood chip exports, while studies point to potential higher long-term revenue from sustainably managing the forests for value-added products such as furniture, or preserving it for ecotourism.
Discover how to help protect endangered butterflies, bees and dragonflies at "Beyond Monarchs: Preserving Endangered Butterflies, Bees and Dragonflies" at 6:30 p.m.
Canning & Preserving Your Own Harvest is a no-nonsense, step-by-step guide to properly (and safely--improper canning can promote food poisoning) preserving one's food, from freezing, drying, and canning to creating a root cellar, making fruit preserves, pickling, and much more.
TDR allows towns to accommodate growth while preserving open space and farmland in a manner that is fair and equitable for all landowners.
The bill would create two new anti-shredding felonies designed to set clear requirements for preserving financial audit documents and close loopholes in current laws.
We could tap no better community resources than these dedicated professionals versed in the science of preserving neighborhoods.