kept or set apart for some particular use or purpose.
kept by special arrangement for some person: a reserved seat.
formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others: a quiet, reserved man.
characterized by reserve, as the disposition, manner, etc.: reserved comments.
retaining the original color of a surface, especially when decorating portions of the surface with other colors.
- re·serv·ed·ly [ri-zur-vid-lee], /rɪˈzɜr vɪd li/, adverb
- re·serv·ed·ness, noun
- o·ver·re·served, adjective
- o·ver·re·serv·ed·ly, adverb
- o·ver·re·serv·ed·ness, noun
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How to use reserved in a sentence
Compared to many other members of WallStreetBets, Fage138 comes across as reserved and thoughtful.A Reddit user on what it’s like to be part of “the mother of all short squeezes” | Samanth Subramanian | January 28, 2021 | Quartz
Wall led Houston with 24 points and was somewhat more reserved during a videoconference after the game.John Wall gets the best of the Wizards in their first game on opposite sides | Ava Wallace | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Friends described Liebengood as humble and reserved, and said he shared a love of racecar driving with his late father, as well as a pull toward the halls of the Capitol.Capitol Police Chief Sund has stepped down; embattled agency reports another officer death | Allison Klein, Rebecca Tan | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Buy nowEven if I know there’s a picnic table at my reserved camp spot, this piece of gear still goes in the car—you can never have too much table space when camping.Car Camping Is Way Better with These 5 Pieces of Gear | Jakob Schiller | September 26, 2020 | Outside Online
For the remaining 82 percent of the Dunedin youngsters, the researchers found only weak links between age 3 temperament — say, being outgoing and confident or reserved but willing to interact with others — and personality 15 years later.‘The Origins of You’ explores how kids develop into their adult selves | Bruce Bower | September 16, 2020 | Science News
Some seventy-plus countries currently offer some paternity leave or parental leave days reserved for the father.
Were the reserved Brits ready for the razzmatazz and exposed flesh?I Got Kicked Out Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show | Nico Hines | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But he also reserved the right to keep certain vulnerabilities close-hold.
Cooking and taking care of the rooms – this is an industry that is reserved for women.
In the interview, Ponomarev reserved some of his harshest words for Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation.The Bolshevik Who Thinks ‘The Nation’ Is Too Left Wing | Eli Lake | October 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Thus was the man left entirely to the devil, not even his life being reserved, as in the case of Job.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
The two-thirds objective should be used as a finder, while the one-sixth is reserved for examining details.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
She laughed and bantered him a little, remembering too late that she should have been dignified and reserved.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Five horses were shot under him, his clothes were riddled with bullets, but he was reserved for a sinister fate.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The Gentiles shall seek and find Christ, but the Jews will persecute him, and be rejected, only a remnant shall be reserved.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for reserved
set aside for use by a particular person or people: this table is reserved
cool or formal in manner; restrained, silent, or reticent
destined; fated: reserved for great things
referring to matters that are the responsibility of the national parliament rather than a devolved regional assembly: defence is a reserved issue
- reservedly (rɪˈzɜːvɪdlɪ), adverb
- reservedness, noun
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