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

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
Related formscon·serv·er, nounnon·con·serv·ing, adjective, nounself-con·serv·ing, adjectiveun·con·served, adjectiveun·con·serv·ing, adjectivewell-con·served, adjective

Synonyms for conserve Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for well-conserved

Historical Examples of well-conserved

  • I remember Mademoiselle de l'Enclos at a much greater age than mine, quite fresh and well-conserved.

    The Virginians

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for well-conserved


verb (kənˈsɜːv) (tr)
  1. to keep or protect from harm, decay, loss, etc
  2. to preserve (a foodstuff, esp fruit) with sugar
noun (ˈkɒnsɜːv, kənˈsɜːv)
  1. a preparation of fruit in sugar, similar to jam but usually containing whole pieces of fruit
Derived Formsconservable, 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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Word Origin and History for well-conserved



late 14c., from Old French conserver (9c.), from Latin conservare "to keep, preserve, keep intact, guard," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + servare "keep watch, maintain" (see observe). Related: Conserved; conserving. As a noun (often conserves) from late 14c.

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