1. [ verb ] to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
Synonyms: maintain save preserve keep_up

: "save something in case you hit trouble."

Related terms: keep keep record hold_the_line embalm plastinate care conservation
2. [ verb ] (food) preserve with sugar

"Mom always conserved the strawberries we grew in the backyard"

Related terms: preserve cooking
3. [ verb ] use cautiously and frugally
Synonyms: economize economise husband

"I try to economize my spare time" "conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit"

Related terms: waste save preserve save retrench economy economy economizer
4. [ verb ] keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change

"Energy is conserved in this process"

Related terms: keep conservation
5. [ noun ] (food) fruit preserved by cooking with sugar
Synonyms: conserves preserves preserve
Related terms: confiture jam jelly marmalade apple_butter lemon_cheese chowchow preserve
Similar spelling:   conserves