reserve




As a noun, reserve refers to the quality of a shy or modest person who doesn’t easily express his or her feelings. As a verb, to reserve is to stash something away or to set it aside for future use.

Reserve can also refer to backup supplies or resources. If a military is running out of ammunition or food, they may have to dig into the reserve to replenish their supplies. Reserve is also used as a verb to mean “obtain in advance.” If you’re expecting a big crowd at your sister’s dance recital, you might show up early to reserve seats for your family members. You could also reserve a table at a restaurant for dinner after the show.

Definitions of reserve
  1. verb

    hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency

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    devote

    set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use
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    keep back, withhold

    hold back; refuse to hand over or share

  2. verb

    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

  3. verb

    arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance

    reserve me a seat on a flight”
    synonyms:
    book, hold
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    hold open, keep, keep open, save

    retain rights to
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request

    express the need or desire for; ask for

  4. verb

    obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance

    “We managed to
    reserve a table at Maxim’s”
    Synonyms:

    book, hold

    arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
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    book up

    book all available places or tickets
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request

    express the need or desire for; ask for

  5. noun

    something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose

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    backlog, stockpile
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    bank

    a supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially in emergencies)
    fuel level

    the amount of fuel remaining
    reserve account, reserve fund

    funds taken out of earnings to provide for anticipated future payments
    blood bank

    a place for storing whole blood or blood plasma
    eye bank

    a place for storing and preserving corneas that are obtained from human corpses immediately after death; used for corneal transplantation to patients with corneal defects
    food bank

    a place where food is contributed and made available to those in need
    soil bank

    land retired from crop cultivation and planted with soil-building crops; government subsidies are paid to farmers for their retired land
    hidden reserve

    reserves that do not show up on the balance sheet (as by understating values)
    pool

    any communal combination of funds
    allowance, allowance account, valuation account, valuation reserve

    a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company’s assets
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    accumulation

    (finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation

  6. noun

    armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency

    synonyms:
    military reserve

  7. noun

    a district that is reserved for particular purpose

    synonyms:
    reservation
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    Indian reservation

    a reservation set aside for the use of Indians
    preserve

    a reservation where animals are protected
    shooting preserve

    a preserve on which hunting is permitted during certain months of the year
    type of:

    administrative district, administrative division, territorial division

    a district defined for administrative purposes

  8. noun

    an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced

    synonyms:
    second-stringer, substitute
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    bench warmer

    (sports) a substitute who seldom plays
    pinch hitter

    (baseball) a substitute for the regular batter
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    athlete, jock

    a person trained to compete in sports

  9. noun

    formality and propriety of manner

    synonyms:
    modesty
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    demureness

    the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum
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    correctitude, properness, propriety

    correct or appropriate behavior

  10. noun

    the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary

    synonyms:
    reticence, taciturnity
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    uncommunicativeness

    the trait of being uncommunicative

  11. noun

    (medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions

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    pulmonary reserve

    the additional volume of air that the lungs can inhale and exhale when breathing to the limit of capacity in times of stress
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    indefinite quantity

    an estimated quantity

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