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.

Nearby words

  1. conservatoire,
  2. conservator,
  3. conservatorium,
  4. conservatorship,
  5. conservatory,
  6. consett,
  7. consider,
  8. considerable,
  9. considerably,
  10. considerance

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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Examples from the Web for 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

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 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

conserve

v.

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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