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conserve

con·serve

conserve

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: kn suhrv
inflections: conserved, conserves, conserving
definition 1: to keep safe from loss, destruction, or waste.
By these efforts, we hope to conserve our supply of strategic metals.
synonyms:
preserve, protect
similar words:
guard, husband, keep, maintain, salvage, spare
definition 2: to use wisely and sparingly so as not to waste.
When the price of fuel went up, he began to conserve gasoline.
synonyms:
save, spare
antonyms:
dissipate, squander, waste
similar words:
economize, husband, ration, scrimp
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to use something wisely and sparingly so as to avoid waste.
We're running out of drinking water, so we'll have to conserve.
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kn suhrv [or] kan srv
definition: (often pl.) jam made of fruits and sugar.
synonyms:
jam
similar words:
compote, confection, jelly, marmalade, preserve
derivation: conserver (n.)
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