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conservator

[kon-ser-vey-ter, kuh n-sur-vuh-] /ˈkɒn sərˌveɪ tər, kənˈsɜr və-/
noun
1.
a person who conserves or preserves; preserver; protector.
2.
a person who repairs, restores, or maintains the condition of objects, as paintings or sculptures in an art museum, or books in a library.
3.
Law. a guardian; a custodian.
4.
British. a person employed by the conservancy commission; a conservation worker.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to conservā(re) (see conserve) + -tor -tor
Related forms
conservatorial
[kuh n-sur-vuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kənˌsɜr vəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
conservatorship, noun
subconservator, noun
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  • They were taken into conservatorship during the financial crisis.
British Dictionary definitions for conservatorship

conservator

/ˈkɒnsəˌveɪtə; kənˈsɜːvə-/
noun
1.
a person who conserves or keeps safe; custodian, guardian, or protector
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Word Origin and History for conservatorship
n.

1640s, from conservator + -ship.

conservator

n.

c.1400, from Anglo-French conservatour, from Latin conservator "keeper, preserver, defender," agent noun of conservare (see conserve).

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