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reserve

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of reserve

  1. 1 the checking of one's true feelings and impulses when dealing with others <the salesclerk showed great reserve in dealing with the unreasonable demands of the angry customer> Synonyms continence, discipline, discretion, inhibition, refrainment, repression, constraint, restraint, self-command, self-control, self-restraint, suppressionRelated Words command, control, mastery, possession; self-censorship, self-containment, self-denial, self-discipline, self-government, self-mastery, will, willpower; composure, self-poise, self-possession; aloofness, detachedness, distance; bashfulness, modesty, shyness; reticence, silence, taciturnityNear Antonyms self-abandonment, uninhibitedness; unrestrainedness; gratification, indulgence, overindulgence, self-indulgence; bluntness, candor, frankness; immoderacy, intemperanceAntonyms disinhibition, incontinence, unconstraint

  2. 2 a collection of things kept available for future use or need <our fuel reserves are low> Synonyms cache, deposit, hoard, storeRelated Words budget, fund, nest egg; armory, arsenal, bank, pool, reservoir, stock, stockpile, supply; accumulation, assemblage, collection, gathering

  3. 3 a person or thing that takes the place of another <when the first brigade fell back in retreat, the commander sent out the reserves to try to hold the line of battle> Synonyms backup, cover, designated hitter, fill-in, locum tenens, pinch hitter, relief, replacement, substitute, stand-in, subRelated Words alternate, understudy; apology, makeshift, stopgap; agent, assignee, attorney, commissary, delegate, deputy, envoy, factor, procurator, proxy, rep, representative, surrogate; assistant, reliever, second; successor, superseder

  4. 4 an interchangeable part or piece of equipment that is kept on hand for replacement of an original <don't throw that extra bike chain away, as I want to keep it as a reserve in case the current one breaks> Synonyms extra, spareRelated Words backup, substitute; stock; carbon copy, clone, copy, double, dummy, dupe, duplicate, replacement, replica, replication, reproductionNear Antonyms archetype, original, prototype




reserve

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of reserve

  1. 1 to arrange to have something (as a hotel room) held for one's future use <we made sure to reserve a kennel for our dog several months before the start of the family vacation> Synonyms bespeak, book Related Words earmark; contract, engage, hire, retain

  2. 2 to continue to have in one's possession or power <I'm reserving the right to work by myself if you don't do your share of the project> Synonyms hold, keep, retain, withholdRelated Words conserve, guard, preserve, protect, save; boast, enjoy, have, own, possess; command, control, detain, direct, manage, rule; bear, harbor; cherish, cling (to), hug, treasureNear Antonyms abandon, cede, drop; contribute, donate, give, hand out; discard, dump; decline, reject, repudiate, spurn; loseAntonyms give up, hand over, release, relinquish, surrender, yield

  3. 3 to keep or intend for a special purpose <we must reserve this cup for ceremonial use only> Synonyms allocate, consecrate, dedicate, earmark, give up (to), devote, save, set byRelated Words bless, hallow, sanctify; commit, confide, consign, entrust (also intrust); apply, bestow, employ, useNear Antonyms ignore, neglect; misapply, misuse




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