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reserve

[ ri-zurv ]
/ rɪˈzɜrv /
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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.
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Idioms about reserve

    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

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English reserven (verb) from Middle French reserver, from Latin reservāre “to keep back, retain,” equivalent to re- re- + servāre “to save”

synonym study for reserve

1. See keep.

OTHER WORDS FROM reserve

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reserve

re-serve, reserve

Other definitions for reserve (2 of 2)

re-serve
[ ree-surv ]
/ riˈsɜrv /

verb (used with or without object), re-served, re-serv·ing.
to serve again.

Origin of re-serve

First recorded in 1865–70; re- + serve

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-serve

re-serve , reserve
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British Dictionary definitions for reserve (1 of 2)

reserve
/ (rɪˈzɜːv) /

verb (tr)
noun

Derived forms of reserve

reservable, adjectivereserver, noun

Word Origin for reserve

C14: from Old French reserver, from Latin reservāre to save up, from re- + servāre to keep

British Dictionary definitions for reserve (2 of 2)

re-serve
/ (riːˈsɜːv) /

verb
(tr) to serve again
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Medical definitions for 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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