[verb kuhn-surv; noun kon-surv, kuhn-surv]
- 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.
- Often conserves. a mixture of several fruits cooked to jamlike consistency with sugar and often garnished with nuts and raisins.
Origin of conserve
Synonyms for conserve
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- to keep or protect from harm, decay, loss, etc
- to preserve (a foodstuff, esp fruit) with sugar
- a preparation of fruit in sugar, similar to jam but usually containing whole pieces of fruit
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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