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
At noon dined at home and Creed with me, who I do really begin to hate, and do use him with some reservedness.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
This custom, which may make us contract a reservedness or too much familiarity, is extremely ridiculous.
Nevertheless, he could not entirely abstain from testing the power of her reservedness.Pierre; or The Ambiguities | Herman Melville
You know the sternness, reservedness, and distance of his manners.Caleb Williams | William Godwin
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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