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Noun: reserves  ri'zurvz
  1. (military) civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
    - militia
Noun: reserve  ri'zurv
  1. Formality and propriety of manner
    - modesty
     
  2. Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
    - backlog, stockpile
     
  3. An athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
    - substitute, second-stringer
     
  4. (medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions
     
  5. A district that is reserved for particular purpose
    - reservation
     
  6. (military) armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
    - military reserve
     
  7. The trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
    - reticence, taciturnity
Verb: reserve  ri'zurv
  1. Hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency
     
  2. Give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
    "I will reserve this money for your research";
    - allow, appropriate, earmark, set aside
     
  3. Obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance
    "We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"
     
  4. Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
    "reserve me a seat on a flight";
    - hold, book

Type of: accumulation, administrative district, administrative division, allot, armed forces, armed services, assign, athlete, bespeak, call for, correctitude, force, indefinite quantity, jock [N. Amer], keep back, military, military force, military group, military machine, military unit, portion, properness, propriety, quest, request, territorial division, uncommunicativeness, war machine, withhold

Part of: bench

Encyclopedia: Reserves

Reserve, NM