Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “conservation”

conservation

noun [U] uk   /ˌkɒn.səˈveɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌkɑːn.sɚ-/
B2 the protection of plants and animals, natural areas, and interesting and important structures and buildings, especially from the damaging effects of human activity: wildlife conservation a conservation area C1 carefully using valuable natural substances that exist in limited amounts in order to make certain that they will be available for as long a time as possible: the conservation of coal/gas/oil reserves Energy conservation reduces your fuel bills and helps the environment.
conservationist
noun [C] uk   /-ɪst/ us  
Conservationists are fighting to save the tiger.
(Definition of conservation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of conservation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “conservation” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More