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Definition of conserve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    conserve

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conserve
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrv//
     
    he / she / it conserves
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrvz//
     
    past simple conserved
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrvd//
     
    past participle conserved
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrvd//
     
    -ing form conserving
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrvɪŋ//
     
    Historic buildings, Conservation
     
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  1. 1conserve something to use as little of something as possible so that it lasts a long time Help to conserve energy by insulating your home. Renewable energy resources can help conserve fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions.
  2. 2conserve something to protect something and prevent it from being changed or destroyed new laws to conserve wildlife in the area see also conservation See related entries: Historic buildings, Conservation
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French conserver (verb), conserve (noun), from Latin conservare ‘to preserve’, from con- ‘together’ + servare ‘to keep’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: conserve

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