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Definition of "conserve" []

  • To protect from loss or harm; preserve: calls to conserve our national heritage in the face of bewildering change. (verb-transitive)
  • To use carefully or sparingly, avoiding waste: kept the thermostat lower to conserve energy. (verb-transitive)
  • To keep (a quantity) constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary changes. (verb-transitive)
  • To preserve (fruits) with sugar. (verb-transitive)
  • To economize: tried to conserve on fuel during the long winter. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "conserve" in a sentence
  • "Since what conservatives seek to conserve is the social order and power structure (with themselves as the ruling class) by any means necessary, the dismantling of state security constraints is wholly in line with conservatism."
  • "The resulting conserve is ridiculously easy to prepare (I made it this morning before heading out to work) yet looks absolutely decadent and rendered truly beautifully sweet, shiny and utterly figgy little gems."
  • "And yes, Bush flying around while telling us to conserve is weak."