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English definition of “conserve”

conserve

verb [T]     /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.Preserving and savingDefending and protectingEnvironmental issuesRubbish and wasteProtection and protectors
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