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.

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The speaker is a reserved Christian conservative steeped in the intricacies of policy and parliamentary procedure. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "In Virginia, redrawn districts test Republicans — including House Speaker Kirk Cox," 3 Aug. 2019 Cut the reserved eggplant planks into ¾-inch cubes. Jessica Battilana,, "Repertoire: Eggplant Gratin With Ricotta Custard," 2 Aug. 2019 The authority rented out a Veterans Memorial Park pavilion Sunday, and noticed free gazebo users had taken some picnic tables from the reserved pavilion. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Group trashes Roseville park gazebo after being asked to remove bounce house," 29 July 2019 Relive the tension and reserved emotion of Apollo 11, mankind's first moon landing. Bob Pockrass, USA TODAY, "Walking on the moon? 'I don't believe it's true,' NASCAR's Ryan Newman says," 20 July 2019 Oh, male bonds; so reserved and yet so unconditional. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "This (Wo)Man’s Work," 19 July 2019 Return shrimp to the skillet along with pasta and toss to combine, adding some reserved pasta water if mixture seems dry. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles," 19 July 2019 All tickets are timed, which ensures your entry to the exhibition on a reserved day and time. Carol Kovach,, "Bridal fashions are featured in Lakewood Historical Society fundraiser: A Place in the Sun," 16 July 2019 Somewhat shy and reserved, Jakob does best in home and school environments that have structure and routine. Boys & Girls Aid,, "Jakob, 15, is a ‘Doctor Who’ fan and musician who thrives on structure and routine: A Home of Their Own," 29 June 2019

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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 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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to make or get by devious means

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