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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Other Words from conserve

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 Mulch them thickly to conserve moisture in the soil. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "May already? Time to plant these summer edibles in your garden," 1 May 2021 Daylight saving time was first enacted in 1918, as a way to conserve coal. John Sharp, al, "Spring forward, forever: Alabama lawmakers advance permanent daylight saving time," 28 Apr. 2021 Under Wednesday's order, the state Water Resources Control Board power can curtail water rights in those counties if major users do not voluntarily begin to conserve. Fox News, "California Gov. Gavin Newsom declares drought emergency in 2 counties," 22 Apr. 2021 Bringing tourists close to gorillas has helped create the right conditions to conserve their population and their habitat. Richard Quest And Joe Minihane, CNN, "The gleaming city that emerged from turmoil in the heart of Africa," 13 Apr. 2021 State officials have already warned of water supply shortages and pleaded with the public to conserve. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, "California braces for extreme 2021 wildfire season - it's very dry out there," 11 Apr. 2021 O’Connell advises you to take screenshots of these tips to conserve phone battery in a real emergency. Victoria Feng, Wired, "7 Emergency Preparedness Apps to Keep on Your Phone," 5 Apr. 2021 There are many practical and poignant reasons to conserve wild things and wild places, and nature benefits humans in many ways. Erica Fleishman, Scientific American, "Save the Butterflies, but Not to Save Our Food Supply," 31 Mar. 2021 To conserve that oxygen on their dives, the whales likely shut down all but the most essential bodily functions. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "Beaked Whales Are the Animals We Need Right Now," 30 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lebo helpfully educates readers on the differences between, for example, a jelly, a jam, a preserve, and a conserve. Molly Young, Vulture, "The Lessons of History and 9 Other Reads I Can’t Get Out of My Head," 9 Apr. 2021 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conserve. Accessed 7 May. 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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