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Verb: reserve  ri'zurv
  1. Hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency
    "they reserved their applause in anticipation"
  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
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

Derived forms: reserving, reserves, reserved

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

Part of: bench

Encyclopedia: Reserve, New Mexico