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conserve

verb [T] uk   /kənˈsɜːv/ us    /-ˈsɝːv/
to keep and protect something from damage, change, or waste: To conserve electricity, we are cutting down on our heating. The nationalists are very keen to conserve their customs and language. I'm not being lazy - I'm just conserving my energy/strength for later.

conserve

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈkɒn.sɜːv/ us    /ˈkɑːn.sɝːv/ formal
a type of jam in which the fruit is whole or in large pieces: apricot/strawberry conserve
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