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conserve

con·serve

conserve

 
 
pronunciation:
kn suhrv
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part of speech: verb
inflections: conserved, conserves, conserving
definition 1: to keep safe from loss, waste, or destruction.
We must conserve fresh water because the earth's supply is limited.
synonyms:
preserve, protect
similar words:
guard, keep, maintain, salvage, spare
definition 2: to use in amounts that are no more than necessary in order to avoid waste.
When the price went up, he began to conserve gasoline by using the car less often.
synonyms:
save, spare
antonyms:
waste
similar words:
ration
derivation: conserver (n.)
Word Parts
The word conserve contains the following part:
serv1 Latin root that means save, keep