AskDefine | Define conserve

Dictionary Definition

conserve n : fruit preserved by cooking with sugar [syn: preserve, conserves, preserves]


1 keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change; "Energy is conserved in this process"
2 keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; "We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts" [syn: preserve, maintain, keep up]
3 use cautiously and frugally; "I try to economize my spare time"; "conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit" [syn: husband, economize, economise] [ant: waste]
4 preserve with sugar; "Mom always conserved the strawberries we grew in the backyard"

User Contributed Dictionary




From Old French conserver, from conservare to keep, preserve from com- intensive prefix + servare keep watch, maintain (see also observe).


  1. Wilderness where human development is prohibited.
  2. A jam or thick syrup made from fruit.



  1. To save for later use.
  2. To protect an environment.


to save
to protect
translations to be checked



fr-noun f
  1. canned foods


  1. Form of conserver



  1. Plural of conserva

Extensive Definition

Conservation may refer to:

See also

conserve in Czech: Konzervace
conserve in Danish: Fredning
conserve in French: Conservation
conserve in Korean: 보존
conserve in Dutch: Conservering
conserve in Vietnamese: Bảo tồn
conserve in Turkish: Konservasyon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Jell-O, attend to, baby-sit, blancmange, candy, care for, chaperon, cherish, comfit, compote, confection, confectionery, confiture, copyright, foster, frosting, gelatin, glaze, guard, hold back, hold on to, honey, husband, icing, jam, jelly, keep, keep alive, keep back, keep by one, keep in reserve, keep in store, keep intact, keep inviolate, keep on hand, keep safe, keep up, keep watch over, lay by, look after, look out for, look to, maintain, marmalade, matronize, meringue, mind, minister to, mother, mousse, not destroy, not endanger, not expend, not use up, not waste, nurse, nurture, patent, preserve, protect, protege, provide for, put apart, put aside, put by, register, reserve, retain, ride herd on, save, save up, see after, see to, set apart, set aside, set by, shepherd, spare, support, sustain, sweet, sweet stuff, sweetmeat, sweets, take care of, take charge of, tend, tutti-frutti, uphold, watch, watch out for, watch over, whipped cream, withhold
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