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 reserved (audio) \ adverb
reservedness \ ri-​ˈzər-​vəd-​nəs How to pronounce reserved (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 To unwind even more, retreat to your reserved poolside Cabana Trellis. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Alienated from her parents and tolerated as an outsider in the newsroom because of her gender and reserved temperament, Allie is grateful when fate throws her together with a young colleague, Danny Sullivan, on the train to Glasgow. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 Pour milk over saltines and dot with butter; drizzle with reserved oyster liquor. Travis And Ryan Croxton, Country Living, 12 Oct. 2021 Fans who wish to elevate their tailgating experience can purchase a package with Tailgate Guys, which includes tent, tables, amenities, reserved area for the day and much more. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 7 Oct. 2021 The two-time winner of the Hockomock League’s Underclassman Award, McCabe displayed a reserved demeanor, letting her play on the field do the talking as the Warriors won back-to-back Davenport League titles in 2018 and 2019., 6 Oct. 2021 Melt the butter in the reserved saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 If the pasta looks dry or clumpy, add the reserved pasta water by the quarter cup to loosen. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Sep. 2021 The reserved lefty attacked his last-place opponents, throwing strikes on 56 of his 93 pitches (60%). Matthew Roberson,, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of reserved

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reserved was in 1601

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“Reserved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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