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conserve

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verb con·serve \kən-ˈsərv\

Simple Definition of conserve

  • : to keep (something) safe from being damaged or destroyed

  • : to use (something) carefully in order to prevent loss or waste

Full Definition of conserve

con·servedcon·serv·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to keep in a safe or sound state <he conserved his inheritance>; especially :  to avoid wasteful or destructive use of <conserve natural resources>

  3. 2 :  to preserve with sugar

  4. 3 :  to maintain (a quantity) constant during a process of chemical, physical, or evolutionary change <conserved DNA sequences>

con·serv·er noun

Examples of conserve

  1. With so little rain, everyone had to conserve water.

  2. We need to conserve our natural resources.

  3. 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


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conserve

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noun con·serve \ˈkän-ˌsərv\

Simple Definition of conserve

  • : a sweet food made by cooking pieces of fruit with sugar

Full Definition of conserve

  1. 1 :  sweetmeat; especially :  a candied fruit

  2. 2 :  preserve; specifically :  one prepared from a mixture of fruits

15th Century

First Known Use of conserve

15th century



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