re·​served | \ri-ˈzərvd \

Definition of reserved 

1 : restrained in words and actions

2 : kept or set apart or aside for future or special use

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Other Words from reserved

reservedly \ri-​ˈzər-​vəd-​lē \ adverb
reservedness \ri-​ˈzər-​vəd-​nəs \ noun

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silent, taciturn, reticent, reserved, secretive mean showing restraint in speaking. silent implies a habit of saying no more than is needed. the strong, silent type taciturn implies a temperamental disinclination to speech and usually connotes unsociability. taciturn villagers reticent implies a reluctance to speak out or at length, especially about one's own affairs. was reticent about his plans reserved implies reticence and suggests the restraining influence of caution or formality in checking easy informal conversational exchange. greetings were brief, formal, and reserved secretive, too, implies reticence but usually carries a suggestion of deviousness and lack of frankness or of an often ostentatious will to conceal. the secretive research and development division

Examples of reserved in a Sentence

She is a very reserved young woman. The front row is reserved for faculty.

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Rosen, as a person and a candidate, is a bit more reserved than some of her counterparts. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Donald Trump Calls Her ‘Wacky’—Democrats Call Her the Key to Winning Big," 1 Nov. 2018 Arrange them on the grill; cover and cook for a total of 8 to 10 minutes (the latter for thicker caps), turning and basting them with some of the reserved marinade, as needed. Jason Wilson, sacbee, "Vermont industry turns over a new leaf | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Apr. 2018 Park in the reserved spot in front of the restaurant and call the counter (205.820.7100) upon arrival. Eric Velasco,, "Have you tried Homewood's favorite healthy eatery?," 5 Apr. 2018 Add hot pasta and toss to coat, adding more reserved water if pasta seems dry. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Linguine Carbonara," 9 Oct. 2018 Kate likes the more traditional and reserved outfits while Meghan tip-toes along the line between being modest and bold. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wears a Green Leather Hugo Boss Skirt for Her Royal Visit to Sussex with Prince Harry," 3 Oct. 2018 The air show also has several levels of reserved seating packages, available for purchase which feature convenient access to parking, food and beverage concessions, and private restrooms. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summer Guide July 15-21: Festivals and free concerts," 14 July 2018 Their reserved spot at Talladega, among hundreds of RVs and travel trailers parked outside the track, is on Richard Petty Lane. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "How some NASCAR fans are building friendships by taking life on the road," 18 June 2018 Anyone who wants to use the service is welcome to sit in the reserved section, as are their guests. Caitlin Hartman, azcentral, "Hear from journalists at Arizona Storytellers: Stories about Stories on July 17," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of reserved

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reserved

: not openly expressing feelings or opinions

: kept for use only by a particular person or group


re·​served | \ri-ˈzərvd \

Kids Definition of reserved

1 : cautious in words and actions

2 : kept or set apart for future or special use We have reserved seats.

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