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.

Nearby words

  1. resentful,
  2. resentment,
  3. reserpine,
  4. reservation,
  5. reservationist,
  6. reserve air,
  7. reserve bank,
  8. reserve buoyancy,
  9. reserve capacity,
  10. reserve clause

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

Can be confusedre-serve reserve

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British Dictionary definitions for in reserve

reserve

/ (rɪˈzɜːv) /

verb (tr)

noun

Derived Formsreservable, 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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Word Origin and History for in reserve
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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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