conservator

noun
con·​ser·​va·​tor | \ kən-ˈsər-və-tər, -və-ˌtȯr; ˈkän(t)-sər-ˌvā-tər\

Definition of conservator 

1a : one that preserves from injury or violation : protector
b : one that is responsible for the care, restoration, and repair of archival or museum articles
2 : a person, official, or institution designated to take over and protect the interests of an incompetent
3 : an official charged with the protection of something affecting public welfare and interests

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Other Words from conservator

conservatorial \ kən-​ˌsər-​və-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl , (ˌ)kän-​ \ adjective
conservatorship \ kən-​ˈsər-​və-​tər-​ˌship , -​və-​ˌtȯr-​ ; ˈkän(t)-​sər-​ˌvā-​tər-​ \ noun

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And if Frank Lloyd Wright’s conservators have any say in the matter, eight of his buildings will soon be on that list, too. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "8 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings nominated to be World Heritage Sites," 20 Dec. 2018 The sword is currently being examined by conservators, but there's tentative plans for its exhibition in at least a year, reports Sweden's The Local. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8-Year-Old Girl Finds 1,500-Year-Old Sword Hidden in Swedish Lake," 5 Oct. 2018 The director has broad unilateral powers as conservator of Fannie and Freddie to reduce their size, scope and functions dramatically. Jeb Hensarling, WSJ, "Fannie and Freddie, Make Way for Ginnie Mae," 5 Sep. 2018 Sarah Zhang at The Atlantic reports that the new technique is much simpler than the techniques conservators were previously using. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Tape-Removing Gel May Be a Game Changer for Art Restoration," 24 May 2018 The Texas Education Agency has removed the conservator monitoring the board of South San Antonio Independent School District, almost two years after the agency ordered state oversight of the district. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "TEA removes South San conservator," 17 Jan. 2018 Belgian conservators—cleaning their painting for this exhibition—discovered the presence of about half of a girl on the far right of their canvas who had been painted over. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion’ Review: Piecing Together the Van Campen Clan," 20 Oct. 2018 The paper and printing industry, artists who use paper and museum conservators have all studied remedies for curling. New York Times, "Straight Talk on Why Wrapping Paper Curls," 25 May 2018 In an attempt to stop the sales, St. Augustine's National Foundation filed a lawsuit in 2008 in U.S. District Court against the conservator of the cemeteries, claiming the foundation's bid for the lands had been unfairly treated. J.c. Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan fund backs questionable bid for scandal-plagued cemeteries," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of conservator

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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conservator

noun
con·​ser·​va·​tor | \ kən-ˈsər-və-tər, ˈkän-sər-ˌvā- \

Legal Definition of conservator 

1 : a person, official, or institution appointed by a court to take over and manage the estate of an incompetent — compare committee, curator, guardian, receiver, tutor
2 : a public official charged with the protection of something affecting public welfare and interests specifically : an official placed in charge of a bank because its affairs are not in a satisfactory condition

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