Reserve meaning

rĭ-zûrv
To keep or secure for oneself; retain.

I reserve the right to disagree.

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The definition of a reserve is something kept or stored if needed.

An example of reserve is a money reserve which means cash stored away in case of an emergency.

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(military) A body of troops kept in the rear of an army drawn up for battle, reserved to support the other lines as occasion may require; a force or body of troops kept for an exigency.
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To set or cause to be set apart for a particular person or use.

Reserved a seat on the next flight out.

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Cash, or assets readily turned into cash, held out of use by a bank, insurance company, or business to meet expected or unexpected demands.
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To keep back, as for future use or for a special purpose.

The hospital reserves certain drugs for the most serious cases.

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A reservation of public land.

A forest reserve.

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An amount of a mineral, fossil fuel, or other resource known to exist in a particular location and to be exploitable.

The discovery of large oil reserves.

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Held in or forming a reserve.

A reserve supply of food.

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To keep back, store up, or set apart for later use or for some special purpose.
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To hold over to a later time.
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To set aside or have set aside for a special person, etc.

To reserve a theater seat.

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To keep back or retain for oneself.

To reserve the right to refuse.

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Something kept back or stored up, as for later use or for a special purpose.
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A limitation or reservation.
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The practice of keeping one's thoughts, feelings, etc. to oneself; self-restraint or aloofness in speech and manner.
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Reticence; silence.
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Restraint and control in artistic expression; freedom from exaggeration or extravagance.
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Land set apart for a special purpose.

A forest reserve.

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Being, or having the nature of, a reserve or reserves.

A reserve supply.

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An amount of money or assets set aside against future unrealized risks; monies set aside by insurance companies to pay losses that have not yet been asserted or finalized.
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The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation; exception.

I accept your view with one reserve.

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That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.
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A natural resource known to exist but not currently exploited.

New oil reserves are continuously being discovered, but not as fast as the existing ones are running out.

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Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior.
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A tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular purpose; as, the Connecticut Reserve in Ohio, originally set apart for the school fund of Connecticut; the Clergy Reserves in Canada, for the support of the clergy.
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(Canada) A tract of land set apart for the use of an Aboriginal group; Indian reserve (compare US reservation.)
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(finance) Funds kept on hand to meet planned or unplanned financial requirements.
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(sports) A member of a team who does not participate from the start of the game, but can be used to replace tired or injured team-mates.
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(card games) A group or pile of cards dealt out at the beginning of a patience or solitaire game to be used during play.
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To keep back; to retain.

We reserve the right to make modifications.

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To keep in store for future or special use.

This cake is reserved for the guests!

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To book in advance; to make a reservation.

I reserved a table for us at the best restaurant in town.

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Reserve means relating to being stored.

An example of reserve used as an adjective is a reserve fund which means money being held for future use.

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Reserve is defined as to save or secure, particularly for future use.

An example of to reserve is to call a restaurant and ask them to hold a table for you.

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in reserve
  • Kept back, set aside, or saved.
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in reserve
  • Reserved for later use or for some person.
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without reserve
  • Subject to no limitation.
  • Without any minimum or asking price.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in reserve
in reserve
without reserve

Origin of reserve

  • Middle English reserven from Old French reserver from Latin reservāre to keep back re- re- servāre to keep ser-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition