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 Marion Ravenscroft is an archaeological conservator who also specializes in heritage law. Narina Exelby, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Solo Travel Was Like Before Smartphones and Google Maps," 1 Apr. 2020 With more than 1,000 scientists and conservators involved, the scale of HS2’s excavations is unprecedented in the UK, and perhaps all of Europe. Megan Gannon, Popular Science, "Archaeologists and construction workers are teaming up to unearth historic relics," 13 Apr. 2020 Her practice as a conservator centers on the ethics of intervening physically with art objects. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art appoints Sarah Scaturro of Met Museum’s Costume Institute as chief conservator," 9 Feb. 2020 Krista Blessley, a conservator with the Royal Collection, noticed a fingerprint—probably a thumbprint—on the tiled floor that stretches beneath the feet of four card players. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New Exhibition Leads to Discovery of Dutch Painter’s Signature and Fingerprint," 2 Dec. 2019 Over the last decade conservators here have been restoring its two dozen panels, whose gemlike depictions of Jesus and Mary, Adam and Eve, and a curiously humanoid sheep have inspired pilgrimages, adorations, riots and at least six thefts. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Jan Van Eyck’s Diamond-Hard Brilliance, as You’ll Never See It Again," 27 Feb. 2020 Keith, 62, is an artist and Greenfield, 60, an object conservator. Karina Bland, azcentral, "She didn't know much about her family. A DNA test revealed secrets she never imagined," 20 Feb. 2020 County conservators receive no direct state funding, and in the past five years have received a huge influx of clients diverted from the criminal justice system, Hughes said. Jocelyn Wiener,, "Do California’s most severely mentally ill need more forced treatment?," 4 Jan. 2020 The Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent began restoring the altarpiece in October 2012, allowing the public to view the process from behind a glass screen as conservators from the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage worked on individual panels. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "How AI helps unlock the secrets of Old Master and modernist paintings," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of conservator

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

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“Conservator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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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