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1reserve

verb re·serve \ri-ˈzərv\

: to make arrangements so that you will be able to use or have (something, such as a room, table, or seat) at a later time

: to keep (something) for a special or future use

: to choose to do (something) at a later time

re·servedre·serv·ing

Full Definition of RESERVE

transitive verb
1
a :  to hold in reserve :  keep back <reserve grain for seed>
b :  to set aside (part of the consecrated elements) at the Eucharist for future use
c :  to retain or hold over to a future time or place :  defer <reserve one's judgment on a plan>
d :  to make legal reservation of
2
:  to set or have set aside or apart <reserve a hotel room>
re·serv·able \-ˈzər-və-bəl\ adjective
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Examples of RESERVE

  1. We reserved a hotel room.
  2. This table is reserved for someone else.
  3. The seats are reserved under my name.
  4. We will reserve this wine for a special occasion.
  5. She usually reserved her best dishes for very important dinners.

Origin of RESERVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French reserver, from Latin reservare, literally, to keep back, from re- + servare to keep — more at conserve
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of RESERVE

keep, observe, celebrate, commemorate mean to notice or honor a day, occasion, or deed. keep stresses the idea of not neglecting or violating <kept the Sabbath by refraining from work>. observe suggests marking the occasion by ceremonious performance <not all holidays are observed nationally>. celebrate suggests acknowledging an occasion by festivity <traditionally celebrates Thanksgiving with a huge dinner>. commemorate suggests that an occasion is marked by observances that remind one of the origin and significance of the event <commemorate Memorial Day with the laying of wreaths>.

keep, retain, detain, withhold, reserve mean to hold in one's possession or under one's control. keep may suggest a holding securely in one's possession, custody, or control <keep this while I'm gone>. retain implies continued keeping, especially against threatened seizure or forced loss <managed to retain their dignity even in poverty>. detain suggests a delay in letting go <detained them for questioning>. withhold implies restraint in letting go or a refusal to let go <withheld information from the authorities>. reserve suggests a keeping in store for future use <reserve some of your energy for the last mile>.

2reserve

noun, often attributive

: a supply of something that is stored so that it can be used at a later time

: a military force that is additional to the regular forces and that is available if it is needed

: an area of land where animals and plants are given special protection

Full Definition of RESERVE

1
:  something reserved or set aside for a particular purpose, use, or reason: as
a (1) :  a military force withheld from action for later decisive use —usually used in plural
(2) :  forces not in the field but available (3) :  the military forces of a country not part of the regular services; also :  reservist
b :  a tract (as of public land) set apart :  reservation
2
:  something stored or kept available for future use or need :  stock
3
:  an act of reserving :  qualification
4
a :  restraint, closeness, or caution in one's words and actions
b :  forbearance from making a full explanation, complete disclosure, or free expression of one's mind
5
archaic :  secret
6
a :  money or its equivalent kept in hand or set apart usually to meet liabilities
b :  the liquid resources of a nation for meeting international payments
7
9
:  a wine made from select grapes, bottled on the maker's premises, and aged differently from the maker's other wines of the same vintage
in reserve
:  held back for future or special use

Examples of RESERVE

  1. He had to call upon his inner reserves of strength to keep going.
  2. <the salesclerk showed great reserve in dealing with the unreasonable demands of the angry customer>

First Known Use of RESERVE

1648
RESERVING Defined for Kids

1reserve

verb re·serve \ri-ˈzərv\
re·servedre·serv·ing

Definition of RESERVE for Kids

1
:  to arrange to have set aside and held for someone's use <I called to reserve a hotel room.>
2
:  to keep in store for special use <She believed that Sundays should be reserved for family activities. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>
3
:  to keep from using until a future time <We need to reserve our strength.>
4
:  to hold over to a future time or place <Reserve judgment until you know the facts.>

2reserve

noun

Definition of RESERVE for Kids

1
reserves plural :  military forces held back or available for later use
2
:  an area of land set apart <a nature reserve>
3
:  caution in words and behavior
4
:  something stored for future use <oil reserves>
5
:  an act of setting something aside for future use

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