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reservation

noun res·er·va·tion \ˌre-zər-ˈvā-shən\

: an arrangement to have something (such as a room, table, or seat) held for your use at a later time

: a feeling of doubt or uncertainty about something

: an area of land in the U.S. that is kept separate as a place for Native Americans to live

Full Definition of RESERVATION

1
:  an act of reserving something: as
a (1) :  the act or fact of a grantor's reserving some newly created thing out of the thing granted
(2) :  the right or interest so reserved
b :  the setting of limiting conditions or withholding from complete exposition <answered without reservation>
c :  an arrangement to have something (as a hotel room) held for one's use; also :  a promise, guarantee, or record of such engagement
2
a :  a limiting condition <agreed, but with reservations>
b :  doubt, misgiving <had serious reservations about marriage>
3
:  something reserved: as
a :  a tract of public land set aside (as for use by American Indians)
b :  an area in which hunting is not permitted; especially :  one set aside as a secure breeding place
res·er·va·tion·ist \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun
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Examples of RESERVATION

  1. We made dinner reservations at the restaurant for 6 o'clock.
  2. I have a hotel reservation.
  3. My only reservation about buying the car was its high price.

First Known Use of RESERVATION

15th century

Rhymes with RESERVATION

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vindication, violation, visitation, weather station
RESERVATION Defined for Kids

reservation

noun res·er·va·tion \ˌre-zər-ˈvā-shən\

Definition of RESERVATION for Kids

1
:  an act of setting something aside for future use
2
:  an arrangement to have something (as seating in a restaurant) held for someone's use
3
:  something (as land) set aside for a special use <a wildlife reservation>
4
:  an area of land set aside for American Indians to live
5
:  something that limits <I can't agree without reservations.>

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