The city insisted that such honors are reserved for people like the firefighters and cops who perished in the 9/11 attacks.
Water, electricity, land, public services and votes are all reserved for Jews.
Hackneyed chestnuts like that are reserved for old toastmasters, and yet, there we were.
"guarded" (in manner), c.1600, past participle adjective from reserve (v.). Of seats, tables from 1858.
"something stored up," 1610s, from reserve (v.) or from French réserve, a Middle French back-formation from reserver. Meaning "self-imposed restraint on freedom of words or actions; habit of keeping back the feelings" is from 1650s.
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.
Held back, set aside, or saved.
Forming a reserve.