con·​ser·​va·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce conservation (audio) \

Definition of conservation

1 : a careful preservation and protection of something especially : planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect water conservation wildlife conservation
2 : the preservation of a physical quantity during transformations or reactions

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conservational \ ˌkän(t)-​sər-​ˈvā-​shnəl How to pronounce conservational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of conservation in a Sentence

They are trying to raise money for conservation. the conservation of the environment She specializes in the conservation of furniture. the conservation of religious shrines
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Recent Examples on the Web Else’s all-volunteer group focuses on conservation efforts along the San Pedro River. Ian James, azcentral, "Private meetings spark concerns as Arizona considers rules for streams and wetlands," 21 May 2020 Still, conservation efforts have actually boosted their numbers, according to the photographer. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Baboon mauls gazelle in Kenya nature reserve, shocking photos show," 16 May 2020 Thanks to conservation efforts, the population has expanded nearly threefold since the 1990s, but the population is highly inbred, with a low level of genetic diversity. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 5 May 2020 The ban of toxic pesticides such as DDT and conservation efforts have also contributed to the comeback. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Breakthrough in plastic recycling, and more," 1 May 2020 The industry is already intricate and delicate, with private partners often leasing land from local landowners in exchange for tourism use and conservation efforts. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "With Safari Tourism on Hold, Locals and Animals Are at Risk," 29 Apr. 2020 The lake is still tested for HABs every summer, sediment dredging continues as do other conservation efforts, said Abbi Hastings, watershed coordinator. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, "Something old, something new, in solutions against toxic algae in Ohio’s inland lakes," 12 Apr. 2020 Understanding the lifespan of whale sharks, which are endangered, can help marine biologists better plan conservation efforts. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Could Atomic Weapons from the Cold War Save the World's Largest Fish?," 6 Apr. 2020 Also opposing construction is the conservation company Wildland Ltd., controlled by Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife, Anne. Dayna Evans,, "The U.K. Space Agency Has a Scottish Peat Bog Problem," 9 May 2020

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First Known Use of conservation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conservation

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin conservation-, conservatio, from conservare — see conserve entry 1

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The first known use of conservation was in the 14th century

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conservation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of conservation

: the protection of animals, plants, and natural resources
: the careful use of natural resources (such as trees, oil, etc.) to prevent them from being lost or wasted
: the things that are done to keep works of art or things of historical importance in good condition


con·​ser·​va·​tion | \ ˌkän-sər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce conservation (audio) \

Kids Definition of conservation

: planned management of something (as natural resources or historic places) to prevent waste, destruction, damage, or neglect

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