[ ri-zurvd ]
/ rɪˈzɜrvd /


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.

Origin of reserved

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at reserve, -ed2

Related forms

Definition for reserved (2 of 3)


[ 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

Can be confused

re-serve reserve

Definition for reserved (3 of 3)


[ ri-zurv ]
/ rɪˈzɜrv /

verb (used with object), re·served, re·serv·ing.



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.

Origin of reserve

1325–75; Middle English reserven (v.) < Middle French reserver < Latin reservāre to keep back, retain, equivalent to re- re- + servāre to save


1 husband, hold, store. See keep.
8 supply.
14 taciturnity, constraint, coldness.

Related forms

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

Can be confused

re-serve reserve Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reserved

British Dictionary definitions for reserved (1 of 3)


/ (rɪˈzɜːvd) /


set aside for use by a particular person or peoplethis table is reserved
cool or formal in manner; restrained, silent, or reticent
destined; fatedreserved for great things
referring to matters that are the responsibility of the national parliament rather than a devolved regional assemblydefence is a reserved issue

Derived Forms

reservedly (rɪˈzɜːvɪdlɪ), adverbreservedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for reserved (2 of 3)


/ (riːˈsɜːv) /


(tr) to serve again

British Dictionary definitions for reserved (3 of 3)


/ (rɪˈzɜːv) /

verb (tr)


Derived Forms

reservable, adjectivereserver, noun

Word Origin for reserve

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


[ rĭ-zûrv ]


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.


Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose.


Held back, set aside, or saved.
Forming a reserve.
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