Definition of conservation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒnsəˈveɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnsərˈveɪʃn//
    [uncountable] Historic buildings, Conservation
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  1. 1the protection of the natural environment synonym conservancy to be interested in wildlife conservation Road development in the area has been severely affected by the conservation programmes of the council. Wordfinderbiodiversity, conservation, endanger, the environment, extinct, green, managed, species, sustainable, toxic See related entries: Conservation
  2. 2the official protection of buildings that have historical or artistic importance See related entries: Historic buildings
  3. 3the act of preventing something from being lost, wasted, damaged or destroyed to encourage the conservation of water/fuel energy conservation
  4. see also conserve
    Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin conservatio(n-), from the verb conservare ‘to preserve’, from con- ‘together’ + servare ‘to keep’.Extra examples Such data can be helpful in evaluating the conservation status of plants. The commission calls for a bold, new conservation ethic that embraces the oceans as a public trust. Through the years they have made significant contributions to species conservation. a large-scale habitat conservation plan a national park and conservation area an avid supporter of the conservation movement practices that are good for the community, such as water efficiency and resource conservation the history of environmental health and conservation biology the pledge to develop coral reef conservation strategies the whole spectrum of conservation concerns to encourage the conservation of water/​fuel
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