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

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That is, until last year, when a local conservator cleaned and waxed Reuben Kramer’s 1979 statue of Marshall, a Baltimorean and the first black Supreme Court justice, outside downtown’s district courthouse. Christina Tkacik,, "From the impossible-to-miss to the easily overlooked, here are public artworks to check out in Baltimore," 2 July 2019 The exhibition that Shackelford and his team of art historians and conservators have created allows us to experience the full range of Monet's emotions, illnesses, ambitions and doubts in a way that is simply triumphant. Dallas News, "Return of the Lilies: Monet makes a triumphant encore at the Kimbell," 28 June 2019 Councilmen Jose Huizar and David Ryu called on Los Angeles County to explore legislation to appoint conservators for people incapable of caring for themselves because of severe mental illness. Benjamin Oreskes,, "L.A. is getting millions in state money for homelessness. Now L.A. politicians want more," 26 June 2019 In 2010, art conservators began an extensive restoration campaign of the Ghent Altarpiece. Quanta Magazine, "Using Mathematics to Repair a Masterpiece," 29 Sep. 2016 No one has been assigned to replace him, leaving Jamie as sole conservator — and his health scare left the estate in flux during his hospitalisation. Courtney E. Smith,, "Britney Spears: Her Conservatorship, Health Crisis & The Conspiracy Theories, Explained," 24 June 2019 Attorney Andrew Wallet has also served as Spears' co-conservator for 10 years, specifically looking over her finances, but that ended in March 2019. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here's Why Britney Spears Fans Are Posting #FreeBritney All Over Social Media," 23 Apr. 2019 That love led him to become a successful abstract painter and the first African American chief conservator for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis native made history at the Smithsonian, but he was also an artist," 9 Apr. 2019 Her dedicated social media photographer documented everything, and her personal hair and makeup folks bowed over her like art conservators touching up a priceless painting. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "Madonna at Sixty," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of conservator

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

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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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