verb (used with object), reserved, reserving.
to keep back or save for future use, disposal, treatment, etc.
to retain or secure by express stipulation.
to set apart for a particular use, purpose, service, etc.:
ground reserved for gardening.
to keep for oneself.
to retain (the original color) of a surface, as on a painted ceramic piece.
to save or set aside (a portion of the Eucharistic elements) to be administered, as to the sick, outside of the Mass or communion service.
cash, or assets readily convertible into cash, held aside, as by a corporation, bank, state or national government, etc., to meet expected or unexpected demands.
uninvested cash held to comply with legal requirements.
something kept or stored for use or need; stock:
a reserve of food.
a resource not normally called upon but available if needed.
a tract of public land set apart for a special purpose:
a forest reserve.
an act of reserving; reservation, exception, or qualification:
I will do what you ask, but with one reserve.
a fraction of a military force held in readiness to sustain the attack or defense made by the rest of the force.
the part of a country’s fighting force not in active service.
reserves, the enrolled but not regular components of the U.S. Army.
formality and self-restraint in manner and relationship; avoidance of familiarity or intimacy with others:
to conduct oneself with reserve.
reticence or silence.
kept in reserve; forming a reserve:
a reserve fund; a reserve supply.
of or relating to the animal awarded second place in livestock shows:
the reserve champion steer.
in reserve, put aside or withheld for a future need; reserved:
money in reserve.
without restraint; frankly; freely.
(of articles at auction) without limitation as to the terms of sale, especially with no stipulated minimum price.
verb (used with or without object), re-served, re-serving.
to serve again.
to keep back or set aside, esp for future use or contingency; withhold
to keep for oneself; retain: I reserve the right to question these men later
to obtain or secure by advance arrangement: I have reserved two tickets for tonight’s show
to delay delivery of (a judgment), esp in order to allow time for full consideration of the issues involved
something kept back or set aside, esp for future use or contingency
(as modifier): a reserve stock
the state or condition of being reserved: I have plenty in reserve
a tract of land set aside for the protection and conservation of wild animals, flowers, etc: a nature reserve
(Canadian) Also called reservation. an area of land set aside, esp (in the US and Canada) for American or Canadian Indian peoples
(Austral & NZ) an area of publicly owned land set aside for sport, recreation, etc
the act of reserving; reservation
a member of a team who only plays if a playing member drops out; a substitute
a part of an army or formation not committed to immediate action in a military engagement
that part of a nation’s armed services not in active service
coolness or formality of manner; restraint, silence, or reticence
a portion of capital not invested (a capital reserve) or a portion of profits not distributed (a revenue or general reserve) by a bank or business enterprise and held to meet legal requirements, future liabilities, or contingencies
(often pl) liquid assets held by an organization, government, etc, to meet expenses and liabilities
without reserve, without reservations; fully; wholeheartedly
(transitive) to serve again
reserve re·serve (rĭ-zûrv’)
v. re·served, re·serv·ing, re·serves
To keep back, as for future use or for a special purpose.
To set or cause to be set apart for a particular person or use.
Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose. adj.
Held back, set aside, or saved.
Forming a reserve.
verb (used with or without object), re-served, re-serving. 1. to serve again. verb 1. (transitive) to serve again
- Reserve air
reserve air n. See expiratory reserve volume.
noun 1. one of the 12 principal banks of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. 2. a bank authorized by a government to hold the reserves of other banks. reserve bank noun 1. one of the twelve banks forming part of the US Federal Reserve System
noun, Nautical. 1. the difference between the volume of a hull below the designed waterline and the volume of the hull below the lowest opening incapable of being made watertight.