reserve

[ ri-zurv ]
/ rɪˈzɜrv /

verb (used with object), re·served, re·serv·ing.

noun

adjective

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.

Idioms

    in reserve, put aside or withheld for a future need; reserved: money in reserve.
    without reserve,
    1. without restraint; frankly; freely.
    2. (of articles at auction) without limitation as to the terms of sale, especially with no stipulated minimum price.

Origin of reserve

1325–75; Middle English reserven (v.) < Middle French reserver < Latin reservāre to keep back, retain, equivalent to re- re- + servāre to save

SYNONYMS FOR reserve

1 husband, hold, store. See keep.
8 supply.
14 taciturnity, constraint, coldness.

Related forms

re·serv·a·ble, adjectivere·serve·less, adjectivenon·re·serv·a·ble, adjectivenon·re·serve, noun, adjective

Can be confused

re-serve reserve
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British Dictionary definitions for in reserve

reserve

/ (rɪˈzɜːv) /

verb (tr)

noun

Derived Forms

reservable, adjectivereserver, noun

Word Origin for reserve

C14: from Old French reserver, from Latin reservāre to save up, from re- + servāre to keep
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Medicine definitions for in reserve

reserve

[ rĭ-zûrv ]

v.

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.

n.

Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose.

adj.

Held back, set aside, or saved.
Forming a reserve.
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Idioms and Phrases with in reserve

in reserve


Kept back, set aside, or saved. For example, We have a fair amount of cash in reserve, or The coach decided to keep the best player in reserve until the last quarter. [Late 1600s]

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