verb (used with object), re·served, re·serv·ing.
- 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.
- 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.
- reserve air,
- reserve bank,
- reserve buoyancy,
- reserve capacity,
- reserve clause
- 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
verb (used with or without object), re-served, re-serv·ing.
Origin of re-serve
Examples from the Web for reserve
We reserve the right to any legal action to prevent new pranks of the kind.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The actor and police enthusiast reportedly wants to be a reserve officer.LAPD Foundation: Mark Wahlberg Would Make a Good Reserve Cop|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We can make that reserve bigger by living a more active lifestyle and exercising, pushing our bodies to do more.
That reserve gets smaller with sedentary lifestyles, and with age.
The president is right in his criticisms, but wrong to reserve them only for the Republican Party.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL|Jack Holmes|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bruce, as he had arranged, was in reserve with Carrick and the Isles.
David, seizing the opportunity, deposited his reserve of lozenges in the ground and hastily swept some earth over them.Brother Jacob|George Eliot
To Cromwell there must have been something specially galling in More's attitude of reserve.History of the English People, Volume III (of 8)|John Richard Green
The prompt use, at the proper moment, of the reserve, may decide the battle.
The air will tend to pass out too quickly, reserve it and allow it to pass out steadily and regularly.
- something kept back or set aside, esp for future use or contingency
- (as modifier)a reserve stock
- 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
- 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
Word Origin for reserve
mid-14c., from Old French reserver "set aside, withhold" (12c.) and directly from Latin reservare "keep back, save up; retain, preserve," from re- "back" (see re-) + servare "to keep, save, preserve, protect" (see observe). Meaning "to book" is from 1935. Related: Reserved; reserving.
"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.