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

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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 To conserve and rehabilitate the species, scientists are keeping close tabs on wild populations, many of which are in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Baby Black Rhino Born at Michigan Zoo on Christmas Eve," 27 Dec. 2019 Fish populations are declining around the world, and many countries are trying to conserve them by regulating their fishing industries. James Rising, The Conversation, "Fish larvae float across national borders, binding the world’s oceans in a single network," 18 Sep. 2019 It’s apparently not about healing him, but conserving him. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Todd Gurley’s new normal is a reduced workload. Should Rams fans be concerned?," 15 Sep. 2019 After chub numbers dropped precipitously to about 2,100 individuals in the 1990s, the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, a consortium of 14 government and private entities, created a new plan to conserve and revitalize the fish. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Agency proposes to downlist humpback chub on the Colorado River, citing recovery efforts," 22 Jan. 2020 The office aims to enforce laws that conserve and protect marine animals and their natural habitats. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Rescued sea lion named Mandalorian euthanized after being shot twice with a pellet gun," 8 Jan. 2020 Without new funding, Portland will never be able to conserve and develop a healthy, safe parks system or to close the inequities around access. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Nick Fish to resign," 31 Dec. 2019 Executives figure that that approach would conserve cash and be less likely to trigger widespread layoffs than imposing another factory slowdown. Julie Johnsson, Fortune, "Boeing May Temporarily Stop Production of the 737 Max," 16 Dec. 2019 The infrastructure that diamonds provide to Botswana’s economy allows for such programs as the national ecotourism strategy aimed at conserving Botswana’s natural resources and wildlife. Micaela Erlanger, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Hollywood Stylist Traveled to Africa to See How Diamonds Are Recovered Firsthand," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Purple beets are a positive bummer, leaden slabs squirted with oily olive puree and huckleberry conserves without any dairy or acid to cut through the dense, beety fog. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "With Marisol inside the MCA, Jason Hammel paints a new canvas," 13 Dec. 2017

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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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Last Updated

12 Feb 2020

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“Conserve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conserve. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for conserve

conserve

noun
How to pronounce conserve (audio)

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
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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