conserve

To conserve is to save or protect something, like money, or your energy on a long run. People are also encouraged to conserve energy by turning off lights and not cranking the air conditioner.

Conserve is from the Latin for "to keep, preserve, guard" (conservare). Con means "together," so "together" we can "serve" the planet by not doing doughnuts in the wetlands on our jet skis. You can conserve the planet or a little something for yourself — you might conserve hot water so you can wash your hair later, or try to conserve your old bedroom when you go off to college (and your mom is ready for a home office).

Primary Meanings of conserve

1.
v
keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
2.
vn
preserve with sugar
fruit preserved by cooking with sugar
Full Definitions of conserve
1

v keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction

“children must be taught to conserve our national heritage”
“The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts”
Synonyms:
keep up, maintain, preserve
Types:
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embalm
preserve a dead body
plastinate
preserve (tissue) with plastics, as for teaching and research purposes
hold the line
hold the line on prices; keep the price of something constant
mummify
remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it
Type of:
keep
look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

v use cautiously and frugally

conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit”
Synonyms:
economise, economize, husband
Antonyms:
blow, squander, waste
spend thoughtlessly; throw away
blow
spend lavishly or wastefully on
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Types:
retrench
tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
Type of:
preserve, save
to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

v keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change

“Energy is conserved in this process”
Type of:
hold, keep, maintain
keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
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v preserve with sugar

“Mom always conserved the strawberries we grew in the backyard”
Type of:
keep, preserve
prevent (food) from rotting

n fruit preserved by cooking with sugar

Synonyms:
conserves, preserve, preserves
Types:
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apple butter
thick dark spicy puree of apples
chowchow
a Chinese preserve of mixed fruits and ginger
jam
preserve of crushed fruit
lemon cheese, lemon curd
a conserve with a thick consistency; made with lemons and butter and eggs and sugar
jelly
a preserve made of the jelled juice of fruit
marmalade
a preserve made of the pulp and rind of citrus fruits
strawberry jam, strawberry preserves
made with strawberries
apple jelly
jelly made from apple juice
grape jelly
jelly made from grape juice
orange marmalade
marmalade made from oranges
Type of:
confiture
preserved or candied fruit

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