Con*serve" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.p. Conserved (?); p.pr. & vb.n. Conserving.] [F. conserver, L. conservare; con- + servare to keep, guard. See Serve.]

1.

To keep in a safe or sound state; to save; to preserve; to protect.

The amity which . . . they meant to conserve and maintain with the emperor. Strype.

2.

To prepare with sugar, etc., for the purpose of preservation, as fruits, etc.; to make a conserve of.

 

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Con"serve (?), n. [F. conserve, fr. conserver.]

1.

Anything which is conserved; especially, a sweetmeat prepared with sugar; a confection.

I shall . . . study broths, plasters, and conserves, till from a fine lady I become a notable woman. Tatler.

2. Med.

A medicinal confection made of freshly gathered vegetable substances mixed with finely powdered refined sugar. See Confection.

3.

A conservatory.

[Obs.]

Evelyn.

 

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