the act of keeping back, withholding, or setting apart.
the act of making an exception or qualification.
an exception or qualification made expressly or tacitly: to accept something, but with inner reservations.
a tract of public land set apart for a special purpose, as for the use of an Indian tribe.
an arrangement to secure accommodations at a restaurant or hotel, on a boat or plane, etc.
the record kept or assurance given of such an arrangement: Sorry, the hotel has no reservation under that name.
- non·res·er·va·tion, noun
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How to use reservation in a sentence
They nixed the trains that usually ferry people to the fruit trees, established a one-way path through the rows, and set up a reservation system with caps on the number of pickers per hour.
Restaurant reservations are suddenly hard to come by, as we’ve come to learn.Investors continue to push global stocks into record territory | Bernhard Warner | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
When I talked with the Times reporter, I shared my reservations about pretend empathy and then went online to give the chatbot a chance.
It’s a platform to help others without reservation or condition, and ironically, the one who benefits most is the one doing it.
Just a few months ago, Tribal governments and leaders in North Dakota were in a legal battle with the state over the passage of oppressive voter-identification laws that placed undue hardships on many Native residents living on reservations.Melinda Gates, Ai-jen Poo, and 9 more women on what the 19th Amendment’s 100th anniversary means to them | ehinchliffe | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
The reservation is sovereign Indian land, and the grizzly is a sacred animal to these tribes.
The dinner guests are all customers who booked a dinner reservation through a new startup company called EatWith.
The great devotions, harsh realities, and racial tensions of reservation-edge basketball make for a riveting tale.
Here, he is telling me how basketball came to the Wind River reservation.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own | Robert Silverman | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Back in June, President Obama made his first visit to an Indian reservation, and he was just the third sitting president to do so.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work | William O’Connor | August 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At any rate, whatsoever that curious reservation meant, the majority of the staff were opposed to surrender.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
All that a man could offer, who did not wish to be suspected of rank cowardice, he offered without reservation.
Plenty Buffalo gave little more information as the car swayed along the road that led off the reservation.
Another ten miles, on the sweep of the road toward the reservation, and the automobile was sighted.
Lowell had treated Fire Bear leniently—too leniently most of the white men near the reservation had considered.
British Dictionary definitions for reservation
the act or an instance of reserving
something reserved, esp hotel accommodation, a seat on an aeroplane, in a theatre, etc
(often plural) a stated or unstated qualification of opinion that prevents one's wholehearted acceptance of a proposal, claim, statement, etc
an area of land set aside, esp (in the US) for American Indian peoples
British the strip of land between the two carriageways of a dual carriageway
the act or process of keeping back, esp for oneself; withholding
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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