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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
con•ser•va•tion /ˌkɑnsɚˈveɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the controlled use of natural resources to preserve or protect them or to prevent waste:fought for the conservation of our natural resources.
  2. the protection, restoration, and preservation of works of art.
con•ser•va•tion•al,adj. See -serv-2.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
con•ser•va•tion  (kon′sər vāshən), 
  1. the act of conserving;
    prevention of injury, decay, waste, or loss;
    preservation:conservation of wildlife; conservation of human rights.
  2. official supervision of rivers, forests, and other natural resources in order to preserve and protect them through prudent management.
  3. a district, river, forest, etc., under such supervision.
  4. the careful utilization of a natural resource in order to prevent depletion.
  5. the restoration and preservation of works of art.
  • Latin conservātiōn- (stem of conservātiō), equivalent. to conservāt(us) (past participle of conservāre to conserve; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
  • Middle English conservacioun 1350–1400
con′ser•vation•al, adj. 
1 . care, husbandry, protection.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

conservation /ˌkɒnsəˈveɪʃən/ n
  1. the act or an instance of conserving or keeping from change, loss, injury, etc
  2. protection, preservation, and careful management of natural resources and of the environment
  3. (as modifier): a conservation area

ˌconserˈvational adj

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