re|serve1 W3 [rıˈzə:v US -ə:rv] v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: reserver, from Latin reservare 'to keep back', from servare 'to keep']
1.) to arrange for a place in a hotel, restaurant, plane etc to be kept for you to use at a particular time in the future
→↑book reserve sth for sb/sth
I'd like to reserve a table for two.
Do you have to reserve tickets in advance?
2.) to keep something so that it can be used by a particular person or for a particular purpose
= ↑set aside reserve sth for sb/sth
A separate room is reserved for smokers.
reserved parking spaces
3.) especially written to keep part of something for use at a later time during a process - used especially when describing how to cook something
= ↑keep, save ↑save
Reserve a little of the mixture to sprinkle over the top of the pie.
4.) to use or show something only in one particular situation
reserve sth for sb/sth
She spoke in a tone of voice she usually reserved for dealing with officials.
5.) reserve the right to do sth
formal if you reserve the right to do something, you will do it if you think it is necessary - used especially in notices or official documents
The management reserves the right to refuse admission.
6.) reserve (your) judgment (on sth)
spoken to not give your opinion about something until a later time when you have more information
reserve 2
reserve2 n
2 in reserve
3¦(personal quality)¦
7¦(for animals/plants)¦
8¦(for native americans)¦
1.) ¦(SUPPLY)¦ [C usually plural]
a supply of something kept to be used if it is needed
$10 million in cash reserves
oil reserves
reserve of
Somehow Debbie maintained an inner reserve of strength.
2.) in reserve
ready to be used if needed
We always keep some money in reserve , just in case.
a quality in someone's character that makes them not like expressing their emotions or talking about their problems
She overcame her own natural reserve .
4.) ¦(PLAYER)¦
an extra player who plays in a team if one of the other players is injured or ill
5.) ¦(TEAM)¦
the reserves
BrE a team that plays when the usual team cannot do so
6.) ¦(MILITARY)¦
the reserve also the reserves
an extra military force that a country has in addition to its usual army, navy etc which can be used if needed
an area of land where wild animals and plants are protected
American Equivalent: reservation
American Equivalent: preserve
a wildlife reserve
9.) ¦(PRICE)¦ also reserve price
a price below which something will not be sold, especially in an ↑auction

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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