Cyrus somehow escaped the showbiz trap of manufactured personality and preserved a genuineness that is very hard to fake.
Sure, the chief justice has preserved health-care coverage for millions of Americans.
Instantly eviscerated by bloggers, the clip was quickly pulled off the Web—but not before it could be preserved for posterity.
late 14c., "keep safe," from Anglo-French preservare, Old French preserver, from Medieval Latin preservare "keep, preserve," from Late Latin praeservare "guard beforehand," from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + servare "to keep safe" (see observe). As a treatment of fruit, etc., 1570s; of organic bodies from 1610s. Related: Preserved; preserving.
"fruit preserved with sugar," c.1600, from preserve (v.). Earlier it meant "a preservative" (1550s). Sense of "protected place for animals or plants" (a sense more properly belonging to conserve) is from 1807.