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(1)   The trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
(2)   Formality and propriety of manner
(3)   Armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
(4)   A district that is reserved for particular purpose
(5)   An athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
(6)   Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
(7)   (medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions


(8)   Give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
"I will earmark this money for your research"
"She sets aside time for meditation every day"
(9)   Obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance
"We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"
(10)   Hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency
"They held back their applause in anticipation"
(11)   Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
"Reserve me a seat on a flight"
"The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"
"Please hold a table at Maxim's"


  1. The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation; exception.
    I accept your view with one reserve.
  2. That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.
  3. 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.
  4. Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior.
  5. 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.
  6. A tract of land set apart for the use of an Aboriginal group. (Compare US .)
  7. 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.
  8. Funds kept on hand to meet planned or unplanned financial requirements.
  9. 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.



  1. To keep back; to retain.
    We reserve the right for modifications.
  2. To keep in store for future or special use.
    This cake is reserved for the guests!
  3. To book in advance; to make a reservation.
    I reserved a table for us at the best restaurant in town.
  4. To serve again (e.g. a tennis ball).