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verb con·serve \kən-ˈsərv\

Definition of conserve

conserved

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conserving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to keep in a safe or sound state He conserved his inheritance.; especially :  to avoid wasteful or destructive use of conserve natural resources conserve our wildlife

  3. 2 :  to preserve with sugar

  4. 3 :  to maintain (a quantity) constant during a process of chemical, physical, or evolutionary change conserved DNA sequences

conserver

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Examples of conserve in a Sentence

  1. With so little rain, everyone had to conserve water.

  2. We need to conserve our natural resources.

  3. Don't run around too much—you need to conserve your strength.

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Origin and Etymology of conserve

Middle English, from Middle French conserver, from Latin conservare, from com- + servare to keep, guard, observe; akin to Avestan haurvaiti he guards


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noun con·serve \ˈkän-ˌsərv\

Definition of conserve

  1. 1 :  sweetmeat; especially :  a candied fruit

  2. 2 :  preserve; specifically :  one prepared from a mixture of fruits

First Known Use of conserve

15th century


CONSERVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of conserve for English Language Learners

  • : a sweet food made by cooking pieces of fruit with sugar


CONSERVE Defined for Kids

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verb con·serve \kən-ˈsərv\

Definition of conserve for Students

conserved

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conserving

  1. 1 :  to prevent the waste of Close the window to conserve heat.

  2. 2 :  to keep in a safe condition :  save We must conserve our forests.


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noun con·serve \ˈkän-ˌsərv\

Definition of conserve for Students

  1. :  a rich fruit preserve


Medical Dictionary

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noun con·serve \ˈkän-ˌsərv\

Medical Definition of conserve

  1. :  an obsolete medicinal preparation made by mixing undried vegetable drugs with sufficient powdered sugar to form a soft mass—compare confection


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transitive verb con·serve \kən-ˈsərv\

Medical Definition of conserve

conserved

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conserving

  1. :  to maintain (a quantity) constant during a process of chemical, physical, or evolutionary change a DNA sequence that has been conserved



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