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conserve

[v. kuh n-surv; n. kon-surv, kuh n-surv] /v. kənˈsɜrv; n. ˈkɒn sɜrv, kənˈsɜrv/
verb (used with object), conserved, conserving.
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.
noun
5.
Often, conserves. a mixture of several fruits cooked to jamlike consistency with sugar and often garnished with nuts and raisins.
Origin
1325-1375
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 forms
conserver, noun
nonconserving, adjective, noun
self-conserving, adjective
unconserved, adjective
unconserving, adjective
well-conserved, adjective
Synonyms
2. husband, safeguard.
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British Dictionary definitions for well-conserved

conserve

verb (transitive) (kənˈsɜːv)
1.
to keep or protect from harm, decay, loss, etc
2.
to preserve (a foodstuff, esp fruit) with sugar
noun (ˈkɒnsɜːv; kənˈsɜːv)
3.
a preparation of fruit in sugar, similar to jam but usually containing whole pieces of fruit
Derived Forms
conservable, adjective
conserver, noun
Word Origin
(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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