Definition of conservation in English:



  • 1The action of conserving something, in particular.

    • ‘One of the "new" methods of food conservation practiced by the women of America during the war was that of drying food.’
    • ‘This verse is a brilliant guide to the operating Manager for psychological energy conservation and a preventive method against stress and burn-outs in the work situations.’
    • ‘These sites of sequence conservation may indicate regions of importance for transcriptional regulation of these genes.’
    • ‘Assessment of the extent of genetic variability within a variety of landrace has important consequences for plant breeding and conservation of genetic resources.’
    • ‘While food conservation is the immediate purpose of the army, it will offer its services to Washington to put into effect any regulation the national authorities think wise for the country.’
    • ‘Second, sequence conservation at the insertion site is considerably weaker compared to the P element.’
    • ‘The Institute of Paper Conservation (IPC) is the leading organisation devoted solely to the conservation of paper and related materials.’
    • ‘The 1973 energy crisis dictated conservation of heat and cold that was accomplished by reduced air exchanges, thus maximal reuse of treated air.’
    1. 1.1Preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife.
      • ‘Other than this, the group intends to promote wise use of the land through the conservation of the natural environment.’
      • ‘Awareness on environment and conservation of wildlife seems to have become a compulsory theme in cultural programmes in leading schools in Bangalore.’
      • ‘The key to Kerala tourism's sweepstakes is the protection and conservation of the bio-diversity of its amazing natural resources.’
      • ‘After his formal retirement in 1974, Dan made significant contributions to urban wildlife ecology and conservation.’
      • ‘Environmental protection and biodiversity conservation is the shared responsibility of all Australians.’
      • ‘The library will also organise a special display of books and CDs on the special theme of nature conservation and environmental protection.’
      • ‘Apart from haze issues, the ministers will discuss the coastal marine environment, nature conservation and biodiversity.’
      • ‘They fear the proposal will damage wildlife and nature conservation and that motorised vehicles will endanger people who already use country paths.’
      • ‘Keystone forests, thanks to their large intact area and health, are ideal candidates for increased protection, conservation and restoration.’
      • ‘Now most people think that ecological awareness and environmental conservation depends on what we know scientifically about the natural world.’
      • ‘It is in this regard that zoological parks play a vital role in helping people comprehend the importance of ecological and wildlife conservation.’
      • ‘Founded in 1938, their overall objective is to promote environmental protection and nature conservation nationally and internationally.’
      • ‘Her work on environmental matters, conservation and protection of endangered species ranks high on her list of endless worthwhile endeavors.’
      • ‘It exposes students to research that addresses issues of conservation and management of wildlife populations.’
      • ‘His remarks could be considered a challenge to the mainstream discourses of forest use and aforestation, nature conservation and protection.’
      • ‘As a bonus, the elephants are in a place that helps educate the public on the need for habitat protection, resource management, and wildlife conservation.’
      • ‘Nature, conservation, and environmentalism are presented as interchangeable.’
      • ‘At 73, few could match his single-minded devotion to the cause of conservation and environment protection.’
      • ‘Their dreams of development did not involve the conservation of the natural environment.’
      • ‘It would be naive to suggest that such views of the land represent the practice of a perfect natural form of wildlife conservation.’
      preservation, protection, safeguarding, safe keeping, keeping, guarding, saving, looking after
      care, charge, custody, guardianship, husbandry, supervision
      upkeep, keeping up, keeping going, keeping alive, maintenance, repair, restoration
      ecology, environmentalism
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    2. 1.2Preservation, repair, and prevention of deterioration of archaeological, historical, and cultural sites and artifacts.
      • ‘The government also faces difficulty in financing the conservation of cultural sites and keeping their contents safe from theft and smuggling, he said.’
      • ‘As a member of the National Council of Monuments of Culture, he has over thirty years of experience in conservation of historical monuments and buildings.’
      • ‘With projects ranging from country houses in Ireland to the Great Wall of China, the World Monuments Fund has been a pioneer in the conservation of historic sites since its foundations in New York forty years ago.’
      • ‘One of the hard tasks to be done involves historical conservation to retain, preserve and enhance Shanghai's local culture.’
      • ‘The availability of grants in contributing towards the repairs and conservation of historic buildings has been very significant.’
      • ‘The City wants to strengthen the preservation and conservation of cultural heritage collections and built assets, he says.’
      • ‘Unsurprisingly, opportunities for archaeological conservation are regularly missed.’
      • ‘He welcomed the European Commission's proposal to relocate funding to rural areas for production of organic foods, conservation of cultural heritage and traditions.’
      • ‘To my mind, conservation of historic landscapes has long been a material consideration in planning decisions.’
      • ‘The National Trust also involves volunteers in the physical conservation of sites and monuments.’
      • ‘The Venice Charter codified acceptable universal principles and practices for the conservation of historic monuments.’
      • ‘That is in keeping with its purpose to promote the identification, protection, preservation, and conservation of historical and cultural heritage in New Zealand.’
      • ‘She said it was a very significant project as there was a growing global concern on the issue concerning conservation of cultural heritage on living sacred sites.’
      • ‘Collections care will be vastly improved and the plans include a conservation suite on site that will provide faster and safer repair and conservation for heritage items.’
      • ‘Ironically among the largest grants made was for archaeology, museum conservation and the teaching of ancient Mesopotamian languages.’
      • ‘In the last 10 years, over 30 posts for archaeological conservation in museums and other public bodies have been lost.’
      • ‘Yet conservation of this heritage is a century behind terrestrial archaeology, and as public fascination with it increases, so do the threats.’
      • ‘Is this trend merely due to cultural conservation, or is it also bound up with the particular development of German society?’
      • ‘It aims to further the appreciation of such buildings through an understanding of their architectural and historic value and the purpose, philosophy and techniques of conservation.’
      • ‘Their plans feature conservation of the archaeological remains such as the blast furnace complex.’
      maintenance, service, servicing, care, aftercare, preservation, running
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    3. 1.3Prevention of excessive or wasteful use of a resource.
      • ‘This would require significant readjustments to our lifestyles, including a shift from private to public transport, and a major drive towards energy and resource conservation.’
      • ‘Environmentalists worry that such thinking fosters lax attitudes about earthly issues like global warming and resource conservation.’
      • ‘All the scientists I've talked to tell me that the best we can expect is to meet about 25 percent of our energy needs with renewable resources and conservation.’
      • ‘The package emphasizes energy conservation, organic certification, better environmental accounting and environmental legal aid.’
      • ‘Next year we will be working on a transmedia project that deals with the intersection of energy conservation and personal lifestyle.’
      • ‘The government team in charge of promoting energy conservation has no campaign budget and with three members to handle the issue nationwide, are short of staff.’
      • ‘It would solve real problems: energy conservation, sick-building syndrome, resource depletion.’
      • ‘The festival will also raise awareness about natural health therapies, composting, waste prevention, energy conservation and alternative architecture.’
      • ‘Organizers plan to continue the energy conservation and tourist promotion program for at least the next 51 weeks.’
      • ‘Broader efforts to cut back sprawl and promote energy conservation are just as important as personal economies.’
      • ‘The key is conservation of resources above all else.’
      • ‘They hope to do so by developing alternative energy sources, promoting energy conservation and supporting clean energy production.’
      • ‘And some have gone even further, fighting waste by taxing landfill space or encouraging conservation by taxing electricity and water.’
      • ‘The Councillor also asked if the Government would consider further promoting energy conservation, in a bid to get people using less power.’
      • ‘The festival also raises awareness about composting, waste prevention, energy conservation, alternative architecture and local and organic food production.’
      • ‘More of these crop dollars chasing crop production must be used instead to stimulate resource conservation.’
      • ‘Issues of future adaptability, energy conservation and economy of construction have all been addressed.’
      • ‘However, there have been few attempts to base modern policies of resource conservation and management on customary ways of doing things.’
      • ‘So, we might ask, how do we know how to strike a balance between conservation of resources for the future, and consumption today?’
      • ‘Let's talk about energy use, conservation of resources and actually being innovative rather than sentimental about what cities in the 21st century might be.’
      careful management, good housekeeping, economy, thrift, thriftiness, frugality
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    4. 1.4Physics The principle by which the total value of a physical quantity (such as energy, mass, or linear or angular momentum) remains constant in a system.
      • ‘In the nineteen twenties various experiments revealed what appeared to be a violation of the principle of energy conservation at the atomic level.’
      • ‘An easy experiment is to reduce the cross section of a pipe in one region, making a so-called diffuser that produces large local flow velocities due to mass flux conservation.’
      • ‘Early models of the atom treated the atom as a solar system and used the idea of angular momentum conservation to explain its stability.’
      • ‘Because of conservation of angular momentum, the globes will resist any change in their orientation.’
      • ‘This is typical of a tunneling transition, which is forbidden by energy conservation in classical physics and hence has no expansion around a classical limit.’


Late Middle English (in the general sense conserving, preservation): from Latin conservatio(n-), from the verb conservare (see conserve).