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 program is built around eight simple principles: select appropriate plants, nurture the soil, manage pests responsibly, protect wildlife, grow food, conserve water, protect air quality and reduce waste. Dawn Standke, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tally up your garden’s earth friendliness," 12 July 2018 Nancy Seiboldt said getting assistance from a swim club will help Grace learn to pace herself on races like the 400 freestyle, where swimmers need to conserve energy for the last legs. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Special Olympian from Naperville wins gold in national competition," 10 July 2018 Meanwhile, another candidate was conserving her resources. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Democratic gubernatorial campaigns diverge on media strategies," 16 June 2018 Generating electricity from highways and streets, rather than in fields and deserts packed with solar panels, could conserve a lot of land. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels," 11 June 2018 Fire may have simply been conserved by adding fuel, such as dung that is slow burning. Andrew C. Scott, Time, "When Did Humans Discover Fire? The Answer Depends on What You Mean By 'Discover'," 1 June 2018 Most smartwatches conserve battery life by keeping the display turned off until a user raises his or her wrist to look at the watch. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Smartwatches May Finally Become as Useful as Traditional Watches," 14 May 2018 The Royal Collection Trust is a charity that not only takes care and conserves the Royal Collection, but also promotes publications, loans, educational programs and exhibitions throughout the year. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "The New Royal Baby Already Has His Own Commemorative China: See the Photos!," 24 Apr. 2018 Namibia became the first African nation to write protection of the environment into its constitution, and with the assistance of the World Wildlife Fund, communities are empowered to conserve, manage, and benefit from the wildlife on their lands. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "7 Ways to Make Your Travel More Sustainable," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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