Definition of conserve
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
2 : to preserve with sugar
3 : to maintain (a quantity) constant during a process of chemical, physical, or evolutionary change conserved DNA sequences
Examples of conserve in a Sentence
With so little rain, everyone had to conserve water.
We need to conserve our natural resources.
Don't run around too much—you need to conserve your strength.
Recent Examples of conserve from the Web
His administration contended that curbing waste disposal in landfills could save taxpayers money, conserve energy and reduce pollution.
Harvick was on cruise control and conserving fuel in the race that ended under caution after Kasey Kahne had a hard accident on the final lap.
The operator of California's power grid called on people to conserve electricity during peak hours.
The researchers also showed that ancestral chromosome 20 is completely conserved in primates, but very much changed in goats and cows because of rearrangements within chromosomes.
The pool also includes water-conserving regenerative filtration technology and ultraviolet disinfection to supplement chlorine.
For this segment of 21st-century art, museums are consciously conserving art as it’s created.
Dual-flush toilets and gray water systems conserve water.
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), like other hormones produced in the pituitary, is ancient; it is evolutionarily conserved and found even in organisms like jellyfishes, corals, and sea anemones.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of conserve
CONSERVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conserve for English Language Learners
: a sweet food made by cooking pieces of fruit with sugar
CONSERVE Defined for Kids
Definition of conserve for Students
: a rich fruit preserve
Medical Definition of conserve
: 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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