reserved

adjective re·served \ ri-ˈzərvd \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of reserved

1 :restrained in words and actions
2 :kept or set apart or aside for future or special use

reservedly

play \ri-ˈzər-vəd-lē\ adverb

reservedness

play \ri-ˈzər-vəd-nəs\ noun

Examples of reserved in a Sentence

  1. She is a very reserved young woman.

  2. The front row is reserved for faculty.

Recent Examples of reserved from the Web

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First Known Use of reserved

1601

Synonym Discussion of reserved

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

RESERVED Defined for English Language Learners

reserved

adjective

Definition of reserved for English Language Learners

  • : not openly expressing feelings or opinions

  • : kept for use only by a particular person or group


RESERVED Defined for Kids

reserved

adjective re·served \ ri-ˈzərvd \

Definition of reserved for Students

1 :cautious in words and actions
2 :kept or set apart for future or special use We have reserved seats.


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