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.
Origin and Etymology of conserve
Middle English, from Medieval French conserver, from Latin conservare, from com- + servare to keep, guard, observe; akin to Avestan haurvaiti he guards
First Known Use: 14th century
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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