[ rez-er-vey-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of keeping back, withholding, or setting apart.

  2. the act of making an exception or qualification.

  1. an exception or qualification made expressly or tacitly: to accept something, but with inner reservations.

  2. a tract of public land set apart for a special purpose, as for the use of an Indian tribe.

  3. an arrangement to secure accommodations at a restaurant or hotel, on a boat or plane, etc.

  4. the record kept or assurance given of such an arrangement: Sorry, the hotel has no reservation under that name.

Origin of reservation

1350–1400; Middle English reservacioun<Middle French reservation, equivalent to reserv(er) to reserve + -ation-ation

Other words from reservation

  • non·res·er·va·tion, noun

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How to use reservation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reservation


/ (ˌrɛzəˈveɪʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of reserving

  2. something reserved, esp hotel accommodation, a seat on an aeroplane, in a theatre, etc

  1. (often plural) a stated or unstated qualification of opinion that prevents one's wholehearted acceptance of a proposal, claim, statement, etc

  2. an area of land set aside, esp (in the US) for American Indian peoples

  3. British the strip of land between the two carriageways of a dual carriageway

  4. the act or process of keeping back, esp for oneself; withholding

  5. law a right or interest retained by the grantor in property granted, conveyed, leased, etc, to another: a reservation of rent

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