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re·serve  (r-zûrv)
tr.v. re·served, re·serv·ing, re·serves
1. To keep back, as for future use or for a special purpose.
2. To set or cause to be set apart for a particular person or use. See Synonyms at book.
3. To keep or secure for oneself; retain: I reserve the right to disagree. See Synonyms at keep.
1. Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose.
2. The act of reserving.
3. The keeping of ones feelings, thoughts, or affairs to oneself.
4. Self-restraint in expression; reticence: One feels it everywhere, a quality of reserve, something held back (Rollene W. Saal).
5. Lack of enthusiasm; skeptical caution.
6. An amount of capital held back from investment in order to meet probable or possible demands.
7. A reservation of public land: a forest reserve.
8. An amount of a mineral, fossil fuel, or other resource known to exist in a particular location and to be exploitable: the discovery of large oil reserves.
a. A fighting force kept uncommitted until strategic need arises. Often used in the plural.
b. The part of a countrys armed forces not on active duty but subject to call in an emergency.
Held in or forming a reserve: a reserve supply of food.
in reserve
Kept back, set aside, or saved.

[Middle English reserven, from Old French reserver, from Latin reservre, to keep back : re-, re- + servre, to keep; see ser-1 in Indo-European roots.]

re·serva·ble adj.
re·server n.

reserve  /rzrv/  v. [T] -served, -serving, -serves 1 to save a place in a hotel room, on an airplane, etc.: He reserved a room for three nights in the hotel. 2 to hold or keep for oneself: We are reserving these seats for my parents.||The producers reserve the right to cancel the outdoor concert if it rains.
n. 1 an amount of s.t. held back for later use: She keeps a cash reserve in a savings account in case of emergencies. 2 cool behavior, self-control in not reacting to things: The man answered questions with a cool reserve and without smiling. 3 special soldiers who are not part of the regular army, but who can be called into service: He left the regular army and joined the reserves. 4 land kept for a special purpose: You can sometimes see wild animals at that nature reserve. 5 in reserve: to keep s.t. for later use: I keep a small radio in reserve, so I can listen to music if my stereo system breaks.

Thesaurus: reserve v. 1 to book s.t., engage | schedule 2 to save, set aside | retain.
n. 1 a supply of s.t., stockpile, store of s.t. 2 restraint, aloofness | dignity 4 a preserve. reserve

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