Synonyms and Antonyms of reserve

  1. 1 the checking of one's true feelings and impulses when dealing with others the salesclerk showed great reserve in dealing with the unreasonable demands of the angry customer Synonyms continence, discipline, discretion, inhibition, refrainment, repression, constraint, restraint, self-command, self-control, self-restraint, suppressionRelated Words command, control, mastery, possession; self-censorship, self-containment, self-denial, self-discipline, self-government, self-mastery, will, willpower; composure, self-poise, self-possession; aloofness, detachedness, distance; bashfulness, modesty, shyness; reticence, silence, taciturnityNear Antonyms self-abandonment, uninhibitedness; unrestrainedness; gratification, indulgence, overindulgence, self-indulgence; bluntness, candor, frankness; immoderacy, intemperanceAntonyms disinhibition, incontinence, unconstraint

  2. 2 a collection of things kept available for future use or need our fuel reserves are low Synonyms cache, deposit, hoard, storeRelated Words budget, fund, nest egg; armory, arsenal, bank, pool, reservoir, stock, stockpile, supply; accumulation, assemblage, collection, gathering

  3. 3 a person or thing that takes the place of another when the first brigade fell back in retreat, the commander sent out the reserves to try to hold the line of battle Synonyms backup, cover, designated hitter, fill-in, locum tenens, pinch hitter, relief, replacement, substitute, stand-in, subRelated Words alternate, understudy; apology, makeshift, stopgap; agent, assignee, attorney, commissary, delegate, deputy, envoy, factor, procurator, proxy, rep, representative, surrogate; assistant, reliever, second; successor, superseder

  4. 4 an interchangeable part or piece of equipment that is kept on hand for replacement of an original don't throw that extra bike chain away, as I want to keep it as a reserve in case the current one breaks Synonyms extra, spareRelated Words backup, substitute; stock; carbon copy, clone, copy, double, dummy, dupe, duplicate, replacement, replica, replication, reproductionNear Antonyms archetype, original, prototype



Synonyms and Antonyms of reserve

  1. 1 to arrange to have something (as a hotel room) held for one's future use we made sure to reserve a kennel for our dog several months before the start of the family vacation Synonyms bespeak, book Related Words earmark; contract, engage, hire, retain

  2. 2 to continue to have in one's possession or power I'm reserving the right to work by myself if you don't do your share of the project Synonyms hold, keep, retain, withholdRelated Words conserve, guard, preserve, protect, save; boast, enjoy, have, own, possess; command, control, detain, direct, manage, rule; bear, harbor; cherish, cling (to), hug, treasureNear Antonyms abandon, cede, drop; contribute, donate, give, hand out; discard, dump; decline, reject, repudiate, spurn; loseAntonyms give up, hand over, release, relinquish, surrender, yield

  3. 3 to keep or intend for a special purpose we must reserve this cup for ceremonial use only Synonyms allocate, consecrate, dedicate, earmark, give up (to), devote, save, set byRelated Words bless, hallow, sanctify; commit, confide, consign, entrust (also intrust); apply, bestow, employ, useNear Antonyms ignore, neglect; misapply, misuse

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