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

Electricity use is ebbing as buildings and people conserve energy, a greater percentage of people become apartment dwellers and the industrial sector sheds jobs, the panel wrote. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "‘Alarm bell’ over City Light spending as Seattle council considers rate increases," 9 July 2018 Baths have been updated with new vanities and sinks, LED backlit mirrors and water-conserving toilets. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "Renovated Addison apartments offer special draw: one-bedrooms topping 1,000 square feet," 24 May 2018 American presidents since the 1940s have primarily sought to conserve the post-World War II order. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "How Trump Plans to Change the World," 9 July 2018 Even worse, we are also wired to conserve energy—that is, be lazy—creating a metabolic double jeopardy. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Blame Your Junk Food Cravings on Your Unhealthy Brain," 3 July 2018 Vitamin A also makes swimwear from recycled nylon — and donates a portion of all profits to organizations that work to conserve the oceans. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "11 Stylish Swimsuits That Are Also Eco-Friendly," 18 June 2018 If that happens, Opportunity will notice there’s no light and start napping again to conserve power. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA’s Opportunity rover is in a deep sleep on Mars — but there’s hope it will wake up again," 13 June 2018 James wouldn’t have to conserve energy out of worry for being his team’s only creator. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "What's LeBron's Best Option This Summer? Debating 10 Teams and One Crazy Idea," 5 June 2018 The magnon—the helium with all its spins aligned—has a non-zero spin associated with it, and this has to be conserved. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Magnetic helium makes superfluid time crystal," 2 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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More Definitions for conserve

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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