|1.||to keep back or set aside, esp for future use or contingency; withhold|
|2.||to keep for oneself; retain: I reserve the right to question these men later|
|3.||to obtain or secure by advance arrangement: I have reserved two tickets for tonight's show|
|4.||to delay delivery of (a judgment), esp in order to allow time for full consideration of the issues involved|
|5.||a. something kept back or set aside, esp for future use or contingency|
|b. (as modifier): a reserve stock|
|6.||the state or condition of being reserved: I have plenty in reserve|
|7.||a tract of land set aside for the protection and conservation of wild animals, flowers, etc: a nature reserve|
|8.||(Canadian) Also called: reservation an area of land set aside, esp (in the US and Canada) for American or Canadian Indian peoples|
|9.||(Austral), (NZ) an area of publicly owned land set aside for sport, recreation, etc|
|10.||the act of reserving; reservation|
|11.||a member of a team who only plays if a playing member drops out; a substitute|
|a. a part of an army or formation not committed to immediate action in a military engagement|
|b. that part of a nation's armed services not in active service|
|13.||coolness or formality of manner; restraint, silence, or reticence|
|a. a portion of capital not invested (a capital reserve) or a portion of profits not distributed (a revenue or general reserve) by a bank or business enterprise and held to meet legal requirements, future liabilities, or contingencies|
|b. (often plural) liquid assets held by an organization, government, etc, to meet expenses and liabilities|
|15.||without reserve without reservations; fully; wholeheartedly|
|[C14: from Old French reserver, from Latin reservāre to save up, from |
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.