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.
Recent Examples on the Web Launch control isn't just reserved for six-figure cars. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Launch Control: The Democratization of the Hole Shot," 25 May 2020 But watching a video in which an announcer calls plays in the absence of professional sporting events is not just reserved for marble racing. Shannon Doyne, New York Times, "Lesson of the Day: ‘Competitive Marble Racing Finds Fans in a World Missing Sports’," 20 Apr. 2020 Bexar County residents no longer must have a physician’s referral to get the test, although testing will remain reserved for those who are symptomatic. Scott Huddleston,, "Bexar County COVID-19 confirmed cases now stand at 342; no new deaths reported in San Antonio area Friday," 3 Apr. 2020 Robert, like most of the Rusts, had a somewhat reserved personality. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Robert Rust, who had COVID-19, dedicated his life to family, community and faith," 6 May 2020 In a blender, combine ½ cup of the onion mixture, the reserved marinade and the mustard and blend until creamy. Janelle Bitker,, "Oakland chef Bryant Terry brings international flair to vegan recipes," 5 May 2020 Lenders with more than $1 billion in assets will be able to submit loans again on Thursday after the reserved processing time ends. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "SBA to prioritize smaller bank lenders temporarily over bigger ones in pandemic relief," 29 Apr. 2020 The spring proved insufficient, but the land remained reserved for future use. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "There’s a golf course there now, but Anchorage prisoners used to farm at Russian Jack Springs Park," 12 Apr. 2020 Others have spoken of a strangely reserved atmosphere at funeral homes and cemeteries under these conditions. Nectar Gan, CNN, "As Wuhan emerges from coronavirus lockdown, residents are finally lining up to bury their dead," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of reserved

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reserved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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