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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reservedly \ ri-​ˈzər-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce reserved (audio) \ adverb
reservedness \ ri-​ˈzər-​vəd-​nəs How to pronounce reserved (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 For $20, fans get 90 seconds in the box, a reserved seat and meal voucher. Marc Bona, cleveland, 6 Sep. 2021 Dunn said Florence is a bit more of a character, Tucker more reserved. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2021 Pharris is more reserved, but quick to defend his team. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2021 That’s only reserved for him, and many haven’t seen this., 11 Aug. 2021 Friends, colleagues and family members all agree that Daly was modest and reserved. oregonlive, 20 July 2021 Surprisingly, as a toddler and preschooler, Camille was painfully quiet and reserved. Washington Post, 12 July 2021 Amazon took bold steps in investing capital during a time when many companies were on the fence and taking more of a reserved approach. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 25 June 2021 The cars are parked in dedicated, reserved parking spaces in busy areas. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of reserved

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reserved was in 1601

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“Reserved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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