con·​ser·​va·​tor | \ kən-ˈsər-və-tər How to pronounce conservator (audio) , -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 How to pronounce conservatorial (audio) , (ˌ)kän-​ \ adjective
conservatorship \ kən-​ˈsər-​və-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce conservatorship (audio) , -​və-​ˌtȯr-​ ; ˈkän(t)-​sər-​ˌvā-​tər-​ \ noun

Examples of conservator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After sending a conservator to assess the painting and its condition, curators green-lit the panel for inclusion in the exhibition. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Long-Lost Jacob Lawrence Painting Spent 60 Years Hanging in NYC Apartment," 23 Oct. 2020 Jamie temporarily stepped down as his daughter’s primary conservator and was later cleared of child abuse charges. Ally Mauch,, "Britney Spears Celebrates Sons Sean and Jayden's Birthdays: 'Love You Both to the Moon and Back'," 12 Sep. 2020 Montgomery will remain as Britney's current conservator until at least February 2021—past that, her conservatorship status will depend on how future court proceedings go. Claire Gillespie,, "Why Does Britney Spears Need a Conservatorship—And What Does it Mean to Have One?," 20 Aug. 2020 Montgomery's role as temporary conservator expires on August 22, ET reports. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Britney Spears asks court to remove her dad as her conservator," 19 Aug. 2020 The Polish culture ministry and the monuments conservator of the Katowice area contributed about $131,000 for the restoration project, which began this year. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Obninsk, Russia, home of the world’s first nuclear power plant, gets its first synagogue," 7 Oct. 2020 Yet, in late July, the board promoted him as its own conservator, in an attempt to get ahead of the TEA’s pending decision. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "DeSoto gets taken over by state education agency; superintendent says he did not resign, plans to continue working," 3 Sep. 2020 On Wednesday, Morath had announced Crabill’s appointment as conservator, which the district can appeal. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "DeSoto ISD trustees vote to rescind superintendent’s voluntary resignation," 7 Sep. 2020 When Coleman was hired in 2011, one of the first things on his to-do list was to find a conservator. Deborah Martin,, "Section of epic Pearl Brewery mural ‘The History of Ranching’ that was lost for years now at Texas State University," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of conservator

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

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29 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conservator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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con·​ser·​va·​tor | \ kən-ˈsər-və-tər, ˈkän-sər-ˌvā- How to pronounce conservator (audio) \

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

Other Words from conservator

conservatorship noun

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