Reserve - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈzɜːrv|  American pronunciation of the word reserve
Brit.  |rɪˈzəːv|  British pronunciation of the word reserve


- formality and propriety of manner (syn: modesty)
- something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose (syn: backlog, stockpile)
- an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced (syn: second-stringer, substitute)
- (medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions
- a district that is reserved for particular purpose (syn: reservation)
- armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
- the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary (syn: reticence, taciturnity)


- hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency
- give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause (syn: allow, appropriate, earmark)
- obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance
- arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance(syn: book, hold)


We reserved a hotel room.

This table is reserved for someone else.

The seats are reserved under my name.

We will reserve this wine for a special occasion.

She usually reserved her best dishes for very important dinners.

He had to call upon his inner reserves of strength to keep going.

...the salesclerk showed great reserve in dealing with the unreasonable demands of the angry customer...

Runners learn to reserve their strength for the last few yards.

I'd like to reserve a table for two.

Do you have to reserve tickets in advance?

A separate room is reserved for smokers.

Reserve a little of the mixture to sprinkle over the top of the pie.

She spoke in a tone of voice she usually reserved for dealing with officials.

$10 million in cash reserves

Somehow Debbie maintained an inner reserve of strength.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: reserve
he/she/it: reserves
present participle: reserving
past tense: reserved
past participle: reserved
singular: reserve
plural: reserves
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