- 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.
Origin of reserved
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- to serve again.
Origin of re-serve
- to keep back or save for future use, disposal, treatment, etc.
- to retain or secure by express stipulation.
- to set apart for a particular use, purpose, service, etc.: ground reserved for gardening.
- to keep for oneself.
- to retain (the original color) of a surface, as on a painted ceramic piece.
- to save or set aside (a portion of the Eucharistic elements) to be administered, as to the sick, outside of the Mass or communion service.
- cash, or assets readily convertible into cash, held aside, as by a corporation, bank, state or national government, etc., to meet expected or unexpected demands.
- uninvested cash held to comply with legal requirements.
- something kept or stored for use or need; stock: a reserve of food.
- a resource not normally called upon but available if needed.
- a tract of public land set apart for a special purpose: a forest reserve.
- an act of reserving; reservation, exception, or qualification: I will do what you ask, but with one reserve.
- a fraction of a military force held in readiness to sustain the attack or defense made by the rest of the force.
- the part of a country's fighting force not in active service.
- reserves,the enrolled but not regular components of the U.S. Army.
- formality and self-restraint in manner and relationship; avoidance of familiarity or intimacy with others: to conduct oneself with reserve.
- reticence or silence.
- kept in reserve; forming a reserve: a reserve fund; a reserve supply.
- of or relating to the animal awarded second place in livestock shows: the reserve champion steer.
- in reserve, put aside or withheld for a future need; reserved: money in reserve.
- without reserve,
- without restraint; frankly; freely.
- (of articles at auction) without limitation as to the terms of sale, especially with no stipulated minimum price.
Origin of reserve
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Examples from the Web for reserved
Some seventy-plus countries currently offer some paternity leave or parental leave days reserved for the father.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Were the reserved Brits ready for the razzmatazz and exposed flesh?I Got Kicked Out Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
December 3, 2014
But he also reserved the right to keep certain vulnerabilities close-hold.How Obama Endangered Us All With Stuxnet
November 13, 2014
Cooking and taking care of the rooms – this is an industry that is reserved for women.Cameroonian Women Fighting Sexism With Tourism
November 7, 2014
In the interview, Ponomarev reserved some of his harshest words for Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation.The Bolshevik Who Thinks ‘The Nation’ Is Too Left Wing
October 26, 2014
This entrance was reserved for the judges, the competitors, and the heralds.Buried Cities, Part 2
As he himself meekly intimates, she was reserved for another.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He was late at the breakfast and silent and reserved throughout that meal.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Ah, never had she known for what trials the infant had been reserved!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
The reserved Englishwoman took up Mr Meagles in his last remark.Little Dorrit
- set aside for use by a particular person or peoplethis table is reserved
- cool or formal in manner; restrained, silent, or reticent
- destined; fatedreserved for great things
- referring to matters that are the responsibility of the national parliament rather than a devolved regional assemblydefence is a reserved issue
- (tr) to serve again
- to keep back or set aside, esp for future use or contingency; withhold
- to keep for oneself; retainI reserve the right to question these men later
- to obtain or secure by advance arrangementI have reserved two tickets for tonight's show
- to delay delivery of (a judgment), esp in order to allow time for full consideration of the issues involved
- something kept back or set aside, esp for future use or contingency
- (as modifier)a reserve stock
- the state or condition of being reservedI have plenty in reserve
- a tract of land set aside for the protection and conservation of wild animals, flowers, etca nature reserve
- Also called: reservation Canadian an area of land set aside, esp (in the US and Canada) for American or Canadian Indian peoples
- Australian and NZ an area of publicly owned land set aside for sport, recreation, etc
- the act of reserving; reservation
- a member of a team who only plays if a playing member drops out; a substitute
- (often plural)
- a part of an army or formation not committed to immediate action in a military engagement
- that part of a nation's armed services not in active service
- coolness or formality of manner; restraint, silence, or reticence
- 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
- (often plural)liquid assets held by an organization, government, etc, to meet expenses and liabilities
- without reserve without reservations; fully; wholeheartedly
Word Origin and History for reserved
"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.
- 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.
- Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose.
- Held back, set aside, or saved.
- Forming a reserve.