Definition of conserve
1 : to keep in a safe or sound state <he conserved his inheritance>; especially : to avoid wasteful or destructive use of <conserve natural resources>
2 : to preserve with sugar
3 : to maintain (a quantity) constant during a process of chemical, physical, or evolutionary change <conserved DNA sequences>
Examples of conserve in a sentence
With so little rain, everyone had to conserve water.
We need to conserve our natural resources.
Don't run around too much—you need to conserve your strength.
Origin of conserve
Middle English, from Middle French conserver, from Latin conservare, from com- + servare to keep, guard, observe; akin to Avestan haurvaiti he guards
First Known Use: 14th century
Simple Definition of conserve
: a sweet food made by cooking pieces of fruit with sugar
First Known Use of conserve
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Definition of conserve for Students
: a rich fruit preserve
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