Meaning of “conservation” in the English Dictionary

"conservation" in British English

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conservationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌkɒn.səˈveɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌkɑːn.sɚˈveɪ.ʃən/
conservationist
noun [ C ] uk /ˌkɒn.səˈveɪ.ʃən.ɪst/ us /ˌkɑːn.sɚˈveɪ.ʃən.ɪst/

Conservationists are fighting to save the tiger.

(Definition of “conservation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conservation" in American English

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conservationnoun [ U ]

us /ˌkɑn·sərˈveɪ·ʃən/

Conservation is a plan for avoiding the unnecessary use of natural materials such as wood, water, or fuel:

The university is saving $300,000 per year by its energy conservation efforts.

Conservation is also the protection of plants, animals, and natural areas, esp. from the damaging effects of human activity:

wildlife conservation

(Definition of “conservation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"conservation" in Business English

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conservationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌkɒnsəˈveɪʃən/ us ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

the process of using water, gas, electricity, etc. carefully in order not to waste it:

The main objectives are the conservation of materials and energy in support of the sustainable development program.
energy/water conservation

the protection of the environment:

nature/environmental conservation
It is now considered essential for any new fish-farming businesses to consult the relevant conservation agency.

(Definition of “conservation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)