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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Students with high school or college IDs and any youth 14 and under with an adult can purchase select reserved tickets for $10. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events April 5-11: Royals vs. Mariners, Caroline Kennedy, KC FilmFest, Eddie B. | The Kansas City Star," 3 Apr. 2018 Tickets for the event are $15 in advance for regular admission and $35 for the reserved pit., "Digest (July 9): Bel Air's Fry among four-way tie atop leaderboard at Maryland State Open," 10 July 2018 General seating is free; reserved seats are available for $7 at Linda Mcintosh,, "Escondido gets 90+ firefighting jackets," 5 July 2018 To assemble and dress the salad: In a large mixing bowl, toss the fennel, onion, if using, and cucumbers with the reserved basil chiffonade, sliced peppers and remaining Early Girl tomatoes. Sarah Fritsche,, "Recipe: Melissa Perello’s Summer Stone Fruit & Tomato Panzanella," 3 July 2018 Inside, the palette initially seemed likewise reserved — dark timber and stark white walls lining what approximated a turn-of-the-century British home. Sam Lubell, New York Times, "A Glasgow Architect’s Masterpiece Is Damaged, but Not His Magic," 2 July 2018 Place chicken thighs on top of onions, add reserved marinade and bring to a boil. Claire Perez,, "Moroccan chicken tagine a flavorful and aromatic stew," 29 June 2018 Per usual, admission to the air show is free — just head to Lake Michigan, then look up — but organizers also are selling tickets for reserved seating the show's website: Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Air Force's Thunderbirds to headline Milwaukee Air & Water Show this summer," 2 Apr. 2018 Bundled tickets for these three concerts cost $59 for lawn seats, and $79 for reserved seating. Anne Nickoloff,, "Low-priced ticket bundles released for select Blossom Music Center summer rock concerts," 5 Mar. 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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