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reserve

re·serve

reserve

 
 
pronunciation:
rih zuhrv [or] ri zuhrv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun, adjective
phrases:
in reserve
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: reserved, reserves, reserving
definition 1: to hold back or save for later use.
They consumed a third of their meat ration on that occasion but reserved the rest for the remainder of the month.
synonyms:
hold, put aside, save, withhold
antonyms:
spend
similar words:
hoard, keep back, retain, shelve, squirrel, stockpile, store up, warehouse
definition 2: to set aside, or cause to be set aside, for a particular purpose or individual.
The host reserved a table by the window for one of the restaurant's best customers.We should call the box office to reserve some tickets for this evening.Have you reserved your seats for the concert yet?Please join us; I've reserved you a seat at our table.
synonyms:
allocate, allot, book, earmark, engage
similar words:
charter, designate, prearrange, schedule
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something held back or kept for a particular purpose.
Our mother had great reserves of strength.The company ran into hard times and had to fall back on its cash reserves.
synonyms:
reservoir, stock, stockpile, store, supply
similar words:
hoard, restraint
definition 2: formality and control in one's manner or feeling.
Her reserve kept her from expressing her joy at the news.
synonyms:
formality, remoteness, reticence
definition 3: a segment of public land specified for a particular purpose.
Hunting is not allowed in the wildlife reserve.
similar words:
preserve
definition 4: the cash or other assets held back by a company to meet future needs.
similar words:
bank
definition 5: (pl.) members of the armed forces not on active duty.
synonyms:
National Guard, reinforcements
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phrase: in reserve
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: kept or held in reserve.
synonyms:
backup, spare, stored up
similar words:
extra, unused
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derivation: reservable (adj.)
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  • reserved:
    saved for a particular purpose or person.
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