American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To protect from loss or harm; preserve: calls to conserve our national heritage in the face of bewildering change.
- v. To use carefully or sparingly, avoiding waste: kept the thermostat lower to conserve energy.
- v. To keep (a quantity) constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary changes.
- v. To preserve (fruits) with sugar.
- v. To economize: tried to conserve on fuel during the long winter.
- n. A jam made of fruits stewed in sugar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To keep in a safe or sound state; save; preserve from loss, decay, waste, or injury; defend from violation: as, to conserve bodies from perishing; to conserve the peace of society.
- To preserve with sugar, etc., as fruits, roots, herbs, etc.; prepare or make up as a sweetmeat.
- n. That which is conserved; a sweetmeat; a confection; especially, in former use, a pharmaceutical confection.
- n. . A conservatory.
- n. Aconserver; that which conserves.
- n. Wilderness where human development is prohibited.
- n. A jam or thick syrup made from fruit.
- n. obsolete A medicinal confection made of freshly gathered vegetable substances mixed with finely powdered refined sugar.
- n. obsolete A conservatory.
- v. To save for later use.
- v. To protect an environment.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To keep in a safe or sound state; to save; to preserve; to protect.
- v. To prepare with sugar, etc., for the purpose of preservation, as fruits, etc.; to make a conserve of.
- n. Anything which is conserved; especially, a sweetmeat prepared with sugar; a confection.
- n. (Med.) A medicinal confection made of freshly gathered vegetable substances mixed with finely powdered refined sugar. See Confection.
- n. obsolete A conservatory.
- n. fruit preserved by cooking with sugar
- v. preserve with sugar
- v. keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change
- v. use cautiously and frugally
- v. keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
- From Old French conserver, from Latin conservare ("to keep, preserve"), from com- (intensive prefix) + servo ("keep watch, maintain"). See also observe. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English conserven, from Old French conserver, from Latin cōnservāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + servāre, to preserve; see ser-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“Learning alters us, it does what all nourishment does that does not merely "conserve" -- as the physiologist knows.”
“And what he’s trying to conserve is pretty damn good.”
“The whole point of desiring to conserve is to maintain a situation which one wants to continue, a way of life in which people work hard to care for themselves and their families but are willing to share their resources with others who are less fortunate and to contribute to the costs of the common well-being.”
“KING: One way to conserve is to make cars more efficient.”
“The fresh rose-leaves are converted by a very simple process into a conserve, which is also used as a medicine; it is likewise an essential article, with other ingredients, in the preparation of tobacco for their luxurious hookha.”
“I love serving them with tomato conserve, which is available in the grocery store in jars, or easy to make at home.”
“I want to "conserve" my 5th Amendment rights (just like I want to conserve my 2nd Amendment rights).”
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