reservation

noun
res·​er·​va·​tion | \ ˌre-zər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce reservation (audio) \

Definition of reservation

1 : an act of reserving something: such 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 (such as a hotel room) held for one's use also : a promise, guarantee, or record of such engagement
2a : a limiting condition agreed, but with reservations
b : doubt, misgiving had serious reservations about marriage
3 : something reserved: such 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

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Other Words from reservation

reservationist \ ˌre-​zər-​ˈvā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce reservationist (audio) \ noun

Examples of reservation in a Sentence

We made dinner reservations at the restaurant for 6 o'clock. I have a hotel reservation. My only reservation about buying the car was its high price.
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Most of the workshops and classes are free, and for ticketed events, reservations can be made online. Gigi Engle, SELF, "6 Real Classes You Can Take to Get Better at Sex," 27 Nov. 2018 Initially, Tesla employees were the only customers, until Tesla reportedly started installing solar roofs for reservation holders in January. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Five solar roof shingles that aren’t from Tesla," 24 Oct. 2018 Mobile apps and digital reservation systems track customer preferences and spending habits and sharing it across their systems; servers are also using the information to steer guests to try new dishes. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: A NYT financial investigation punctures Trump’s ‘self-made’ image," 3 Oct. 2018 An online reservation system used by the Ravens was on a first-come, first-serve basis and the digital parking passes were claimed within hours of becoming available Monday. The Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens training camp passes sell out within hours, team annouces," 19 June 2018 Space fills quickly and reservations are highly recommended. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands offers many things to do for Father’s Day," 13 June 2018 And as always, reservations are highly recommended. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Skip the tie: 45 Father's Day dining specials in San Diego County," 9 June 2018 Prices could be flexible, adjusting to congestion and smoothing demand with a reservation system. Peter Wayner, The Atlantic, "The New York City Subway Is Beyond Repair," 9 June 2018 The city said reservations can be made through Dockwa, the city's third party service, via www.dockwa.com or the Dockwa app. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Slidell Superfund site becomes marina with snip of ribbon - and years of work," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of reservation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reservation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reservation

: 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

reservation

noun
res·​er·​va·​tion | \ ˌre-zər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce reservation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reservation

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.

reservation

noun
res·​er·​va·​tion

Legal Definition of reservation

1 : the act or an instance of reserving reservation of rights
2 : the creation by and for a grantor of a new right or interest (as an easement) in real property granted to another also : the right or interest so created or the clause creating it in a deed — compare exception
3a : public land reserved for a special purpose (as conservation)
b : a tract of land reserved for use by an American Indian tribe — see also Indian Removal Act of 1830 — compare Indian title at title

Note: The federal government has jurisdiction over certain serious felonies committed on American Indian reservations, and a member of a tribe is vested with the rights of an American citizen even if in a tribal court proceeding. Prior to the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, states could obtain civil and criminal jurisdiction over a reservation or other American Indian lands by legislative action, but that Act created the requirement that such jurisdiction be acquired with the consent of the tribe as manifest in an election among tribal adults. This requirement was not retroactive. Federal land claim settlement acts pertaining to particular states have included statutes expressly assigning civil and criminal jurisdiction to the states involved.

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