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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Add pasta and toss to coat, adding some reserved pasta water if pasta seems dry. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mint and Walnut Pesto Lasagna Noodles," 29 Apr. 2019 Raúl Castro, quiet and reserved, was happy to take a back seat to his older brother. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Raúl Castro: 5 things to know about departing Cuba president," 18 Apr. 2018 Top with carrots and drizzle with reserved dressing. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Green Salad With Roasted Carrots and Creamy Tarragon Dressing," 11 Mar. 2019 Beat in reserved egg yolks and remaining 2 whole eggs one at a time. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Strawberry Coconut-Crust Cheesecake," 11 Mar. 2019 The reserved, minimalist décor certainly wasn’t distracting, but deviated from the restaurants of Ms. Sedefdjian’s contemporaries who aim to replace the stuffiness of higher-end restaurants with an ostentatiously cool setting. New York Times, "A Young Chef Swims Up-Seine in Paris," 5 May 2018 Many of the big chains have already tried rolling out features like reclining chairs, reserved seating, and improved concessions menus with combo deals. Tom Huddleston Jr., Fortune, "Can Craft Cocktails Save the American Movie Theater?," 24 Feb. 2018 Cruz became more reserved, fell into the wrong crowd and began acting out in classes, including throwing pencils at his teachers. USA TODAY, "Grim task of burying Florida school shooting victims begins," 16 Feb. 2018 Mash with butter, adding some reserved cooking liquid (2 tablespoons at a time) to reach a smooth mash. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cottage Pie," 15 Nov. 2017

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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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