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.
- 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
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verb (used with or without object), re-served, re-serv·ing.
Origin of re-serve
Examples from the Web for reserve
Contemporary Examples of reserve
We reserve the right to any legal action to prevent new pranks of the kind.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies
December 17, 2014
The actor and police enthusiast reportedly wants to be a reserve officer.LAPD Foundation: Mark Wahlberg Would Make a Good Reserve Cop
December 9, 2014
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
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of reserve
How restful this quiet and reserve after the colour and line tumult of the Higbee apartment.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I threw off all reserve--about half a pound, I should judge.
"Don't talk like that," said Andy with a certain amount of reserve which was not natural to him.Way of the Lawless
Washington's horse and Kirkwood's infantry formed the reserve.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
There seemed to be no reserve with this surprising young person.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- 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
"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.