re·​served | \ ri-ˈzərvd How to pronounce reserved (audio) \

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 How to pronounce reservedly (audio) \ adverb
reservedness \ ri-​ˈzər-​vəd-​nəs How to pronounce reservedness (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Elizabeth Ann Corbitt, a freshman at UA last fall, was fined $100 and had her car towed after parking in a reserved lot, according to court documents. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, "Class-action suit brought over University of Arkansas parking," 18 Sep. 2020 To make the soup broth: Add 1½ cups puree to a 4-quart pot, along with the broths, the reserved onion half and any tomato drippings from the baking sheet., "Recipes for a seasonal bounty: Starters," 18 Sep. 2020 Spectator tickets are $15, which includes a reserved seat and a meal voucher. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Swing for Your Swag scheduled again in Akron," 15 Sep. 2020 That $100 is the minimum bid required in the DragonZone Auction for one of 58 reserved spaces in the distinguished center row of parking, located across from home box office at Dragon Stadium. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Bidding underway for coveted Southlake Carroll football DragonZone parking," 14 Sep. 2020 All general admission tickets will be refunded, Churchill Downs said Wednesday morning in an announcement, along with fees paid by those that had paid for offsite parking with a reserved seat. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby 2020 closes general admission and the infield: What to know about tickets," 13 Aug. 2020 This basic survival shelter can be constructed with natural materials and is best reserved for warmer seasons or very sheltered locations. Jim Baird, Field & Stream, "How to Build Warm Survival Shelters," 7 Sep. 2020 Fans can buy reserved seats within the stadium or purchase four-person or eight-person pods on the field. Marc Bona, cleveland, "‘Frozen II’ to screen at RubberDucks movie night in Akron," 3 Sep. 2020 Initially, the meeting was disrupted when members of the public — at least some apparently part of the anti-vaccination advocacy group Health Freedom Idaho — refused to move out of reserved press corps seats. Ruth Brown, Anchorage Daily News, "Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy arrested after maskless protesters storm Idaho Capitol," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of reserved

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reserved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce reserved (audio) \

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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