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conserve

[ verb kuhn-surv; noun kon-surv, kuhn-surv ]
/ verb kənˈsɜrv; noun ˈkɒn sɜrv, kənˈsɜrv /
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verb (used with object), con·served, con·serv·ing.
to prevent injury, decay, waste, or loss of: Conserve your strength for the race.
to use or manage (natural resources) wisely; preserve; save: Conserve the woodlands.
Physics, Chemistry. to hold (a property) constant during an interaction or process: the interaction conserved linear momentum.
to preserve (fruit) by cooking with sugar or syrup.
noun
Often conserves. a mixture of several fruits cooked to jamlike consistency with sugar and often garnished with nuts and raisins.
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Origin of conserve

1325–75; (v.) Middle English <Latin conservāre to save, preserve, equivalent to con-con- + servāre to watch over, guard (akin to servus slave, servīre to serve); (noun) Middle English <Middle French conserve, noun derivative of conserver<Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for conserve

conserve

verb (kənˈsɜːv) (tr)
to keep or protect from harm, decay, loss, etc
to preserve (a foodstuff, esp fruit) with sugar
noun (ˈkɒnsɜːv, kənˈsɜːv)
a preparation of fruit in sugar, similar to jam but usually containing whole pieces of fruit

Derived forms of conserve

conservable, adjectiveconserver, noun

Word Origin for conserve

(vb) C14: from Latin conservāre to keep safe, from servāre to save, protect; (n) C14: from Medieval Latin conserva, from Latin conservāre
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