—n.kon'sûrv, kun-sûrv'), [key]
—v., -served, -serv•ing,
1. to prevent injury, decay, waste, or loss of: Conserve your strength for the race.
2. to use or manage (natural resources) wisely; preserve; save: Conserve the woodlands.
3. Physics, Chem.to hold (a property) constant during an interaction or process: the interaction conserved linear momentum.
4. to preserve (fruit) by cooking with sugar or syrup.
Often, conserves. a mixture of several fruits cooked to jamlike consistency with sugar and often garnished with nuts and raisins.
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