conserve

verb
con·​serve | \ kən-ˈsərv \
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 \

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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Other Words from conserve

Verb

conserver noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for conserve

Synonyms: Verb

husband

Antonyms: Verb

blow, dissipate, fritter (away), lavish, misspend, run through, squander, throw away, waste

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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

The service was suspended during WWI in an attempt to conserve funding for the war effort; after the war, only New York and Boston picked it back up again. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Winter squash need room to stretch as their vines sprawl 10 to 15 feet in every direction; train the plants up a trellis or fence to conserve space. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018 Mulch lightly to suppress weeds and conserve soil moisture. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 The Polish émigré recruited a team of engineers from the Racine, Wis.-based John Oster Manufacturing Co. to calculate how a rocket ship could conserve fuel en route to the moon. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Space Race Pioneer Planted Roots in Milwaukee," 7 Dec. 2018 Now, though, some forward-thinking entrepreneurs are trying to bridge the divide, identifying and conserving many of the more unique—and uniquely endangered—aspects of Balinese culture. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 For the past decade, the city has been conserving thousands of acre-feet a year by installing water meters and improving delivery systems. Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler And Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "They are building 11,000 new homes in Folsom. But will there be enough water?," 18 June 2018 The app Ohm Connect pays its utility customers to conserve energy during events like heat waves, and has successfully reduced usage when grids are overloaded. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The problem with turning urban challenges into games," 20 July 2018 These measures help conserve the brood stock, ensuring that the lobsters continue to repopulate. New York Times, "Climate Change Brought a Lobster Boom. Now It Could Cause a Bust.," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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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 \
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 \

Kids Definition of conserve (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rich fruit preserve

conserve

noun
con·​serve | \ ˈkän-ˌsərv \

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 \
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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