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  1. kept or set apart for some particular use or purpose.
  2. kept by special arrangement for some person: a reserved seat.
  3. formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others: a quiet, reserved man.
  4. characterized by reserve, as the disposition, manner, etc.: reserved comments.
  5. retaining the original color of a surface, especially when decorating portions of the surface with other colors.
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Origin of reserved

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at reserve, -ed2
Related formsre·serv·ed·ly [ri-zur-vid-lee] /rɪˈzɜr vɪd li/, adverbre·serv·ed·ness, nouno·ver·re·served, adjectiveo·ver·re·serv·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·re·serv·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for reserved

3, 4. composed, controlled reticent, constrained, taciturn, withdrawn, distant, cold.
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British Dictionary definitions for reservedness


  1. set aside for use by a particular person or peoplethis table is reserved
  2. cool or formal in manner; restrained, silent, or reticent
  3. destined; fatedreserved for great things
  4. referring to matters that are the responsibility of the national parliament rather than a devolved regional assemblydefence is a reserved issue
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Derived Formsreservedly (rɪˈzɜːvɪdlɪ), adverbreservedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for reservedness



"guarded" (in manner), c.1600, past participle adjective from reserve (v.). Of seats, tables from 1858.

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