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reserved

[ri-zurvd] /rɪˈzɜrvd/
adjective
1.
kept or set apart for some particular use or purpose.
2.
kept by special arrangement for some person:
a reserved seat.
3.
formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others:
a quiet, reserved man.
4.
characterized by reserve, as the disposition, manner, etc.:
reserved comments.
5.
retaining the original color of a surface, especially when decorating portions of the surface with other colors.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see reserve, -ed2
Related forms
reservedly
[ri-zur-vid-lee] /rɪˈzɜr vɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
reservedness, noun
overreserved, adjective
overreservedly, adverb
overreservedness, noun
Synonyms
3, 4. composed, controlled reticent, constrained, taciturn, withdrawn, distant, cold.
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British Dictionary definitions for reservedly

reserved

/rɪˈzɜːvd/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
reservedly (rɪˈzɜːvɪdlɪ) adverb
reservedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for reservedly

reserved

adj.

"guarded" (in manner), c.1600, past participle adjective from reserve (v.). Of seats, tables from 1858.

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