conserve

verb
con·​serve | \ kən-ˈsərv How to pronounce conserve (audio) \
conserved; conserving

Definition of conserve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

conserve

noun
con·​serve | \ ˈkän-ˌsərv How to pronounce conserve (audio) \

Definition of conserve (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : sweetmeat especially : a candied fruit
2 : preserve specifically : one prepared from a mixture of fruits

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Verb

conserver noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for conserve

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of conserve in a Sentence

Verb 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And drought conditions are bad enough that the Edwards Aquifer Authority is looking to conserve water by limiting pumping from the aquifer, the main water source for the region. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Texas Republicans push ahead with voting bills, despite backlash," 6 Apr. 2021 The Last Drop Adrian Grenier and Shannon Switzer Swanson explore water scarcity in the U.S. and reveal ways to conserve water at home. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday, March 26: Yo-Yo Ma on ‘Firing Line’," 25 Mar. 2021 The city asked residents to conserve water as people have been lining up at distribution centers across the city for drinking water and water for flushing. Fox News, "Jackson, Miss., water crisis continues, two weeks after storm," 3 Mar. 2021 Central Arkansas Water in the Little Rock area asked customers to conserve water to help protect its system as the ground began to warm and pipes thawed. Paul J. Weber And Acacia Coronado, chicagotribune.com, "Cities slammed by winter storms face new crisis: No water," 19 Feb. 2021 The North Texas Municipal Water District asked residents in its region to conserve water Wednesday. Dallas News, "Thousands of outages remain in North Texas, ‘substantial amount’ of power to be restored by Friday evening," 19 Feb. 2021 Abbott urged Texans to shut off their water, if possible, and other local officials have told residents to conserve water. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Water pipes cracked by ice will flood buildings across Texas, and experts fear the damage will be as bad as a hurricane," 19 Feb. 2021 Residents, businesses and even hospitals are being asked to conserve water as cities race to restore and stabilize their water supply. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Millions of Texans still scramble for drinking water after devastating winter storm," 19 Feb. 2021 In a video message Thursday, Waco Mayor Dillon Meek asked residents, industrial and commercial users to conserve water due to lack of supply available. Travis Caldwell, CNN, "Nearly half of Texans remain under boil-water advisories as water scarcity and freezing temps continue," 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Boil water notices and conserve pleas are still in effect in multiple cities. Dallas News, "Thousands of outages remain in North Texas, ‘substantial amount’ of power to be restored by Friday evening," 19 Feb. 2021 Visitors will learn about the diversity of California’s native flora and how its use in urban landscapes reduces pesticides, conserves water and transforms spaces into thriving habitats. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events: Oktoberfest celebrations, ‘Carved’ at Descanso, Book & Author luncheon and more," 1 Oct. 2019 In the 21st century, progressive design conserves financial and natural resources and honors its physical and cultural context. Los Angeles Times, "Calendar letters to the editor: Young Latinx musicians are carrying on a tradition," 30 Aug. 2019 This model is how our society values, restores, and conserves wildlife through noncommercial, legitimate hunting activities and scientific game management. Anchorage Daily News, "Women have always been hunters, and hunting has nothing to do with gender," 6 Aug. 2019 Mulch also suppresses weeds and conserves soil moisture. Washington Post, "Heavy rains can damage a vegetable garden — but the gardener can protect it," 24 July 2019 Doing so conserves resources (those not wasted on people who are not likely to respond or be in need of help). Austin Frakt, New York Times, "It Saves Lives. It Can Save Money. So Why Aren’t We Spending More on Public Health?," 28 May 2018 The benefit of this method is that the thick mulch conserves soil moisture and smothers weeds. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "7 Ways To Grow Potatoes," 28 June 2016 His family had been manufacturing conserves since 1885 but with regular, unremarkable, dreadfully ordinary berries. Zahra Pettican, Bon Appetit, "This Incredible Strawberry Jam Is Made with Rare, Extremely Tiny Strawberries," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of conserve

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conserve

Verb

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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The first known use of conserve was in the 14th century

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11 Apr 2021

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“Conserve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conserve. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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conserve

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conserve

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

conserve

verb
con·​serve | \ kən-ˈsərv How to pronounce conserve (audio) \
conserved; conserving

Kids Definition of conserve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to prevent the waste of Close the window to conserve heat.
2 : to keep in a safe condition : save We must conserve our forests.

conserve

noun
con·​serve | \ ˈkän-ˌsərv How to pronounce conserve (audio) \

Kids Definition of conserve (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rich fruit preserve

conserve

noun
con·​serve | \ ˈkän-ˌsərv How to pronounce conserve (audio) \

Medical Definition of conserve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

conserve

transitive verb
con·​serve | \ kən-ˈsərv How to pronounce conserve (audio) \
conserved; conserving

Medical Definition of conserve (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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