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1conserve

verb con·serve \kən-ˈsərv\

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

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

con·servedcon·serv·ing

Full Definition of CONSERVE

transitive verb
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>
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

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

2conserve

noun con·serve \ˈkän-ˌsərv\

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

Full Definition of CONSERVE

1
:  sweetmeat; especially :  a candied fruit
2
:  preserve; specifically :  one prepared from a mixture of fruits

First Known Use of CONSERVE

15th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel
CONSERVER Defined for Kids

1conserve

verb con·serve \kən-ˈsərv\
con·servedcon·serv·ing

Definition of CONSERVE for Kids

1
:  to prevent the waste of <Close the window to conserve heat.>
2
:  to keep in a safe condition :  save <We must conserve our forests.>

2conserve

noun con·serve \ˈkän-ˌsərv\

Definition of CONSERVE for Kids

:  a rich fruit preserve

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