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kept or set apart for some particular use or purpose.
kept by special arrangement for some person: a reserved seat.
formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others: a quiet, reserved man.
characterized by reserve, as the disposition, manner, etc.: reserved comments.
retaining the original color of a surface, especially when decorating portions of the surface with other colors.

1425–75; late Middle English; see reserve, -ed2

reservedly [ri-zur-vid-lee] , adverb
reservedness, noun
overreserved, adjective
overreservedly, adverb
overreservedness, noun

3, 4. composed, controlled reticent, constrained, taciturn, withdrawn, distant, cold.
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reserved (rɪˈzɜːvd)
1.  set aside for use by a particular person or people: this table is reserved
2.  cool or formal in manner; restrained, silent, or reticent
3.  destined; fated: reserved for great things
4.  referring to matters that are the responsibility of the national parliament rather than a devolved regional assembly: defence is a reserved issue

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. reserver, from L. reservare "keep back, save back," from re- "back" + servare "to keep, save, preserve, protect" (see observe). The noun meaning "something stored up" is from 1650s. Reserved (in manner) first recorded 1601 in Shakespeare ("All's Well" v.3).
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reserve re·serve (rĭ-zûrv')
v. re·served, re·serv·ing, re·serves

  1. To keep back, as for future use or for a special purpose.

  2. 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.
  1. Held back, set aside, or saved.

  2. Forming a reserve.

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