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Definition of "reserve" []

  • To keep back, as for future use or for a special purpose. (verb-transitive)
  • To set or cause to be set apart for a particular person or use. See Synonyms at book. (verb-transitive)
  • To keep or secure for oneself; retain: I reserve the right to disagree. See Synonyms at keep. (verb-transitive)
  • Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose. (noun)
  • The act of reserving. (noun)
  • To keep back or set aside, esp for future use or contingency; withhold (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To keep for oneself; retain (verb)
  • To obtain or secure by advance arrangement (verb)
  • To delay delivery of (a judgment), esp in order to allow time for full consideration of the issues involved (verb)
  • Something kept back or set aside, esp for future use or contingency (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The state or condition of being reserved (noun)
  • A tract of land set aside for the protection and conservation of wild animals, flowers, etc (noun)
  • An area of land set aside, esp (in the US and Canada) for American or Canadian Indian peoples (noun)
  • An area of publicly owned land set aside for sport, recreation, etc (noun)
  • The act of reserving; reservation (noun)
  • A member of a team who only plays if a playing member drops out; a substitute (noun)
  • A part of an army or formation not committed to immediate action in a military engagement (noun)
  • That part of a nation's armed services not in active service (noun)
  • Coolness or formality of manner; restraint, silence, or reticence (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • Liquid assets held by an organization, government, etc, to meet expenses and liabilities (noun)

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Use "reserve" in a sentence
  • "Readers are also cautioned that this press release may contain the term reserve life index, which is not a recognized measure under GAAP."
  • "The term reserve growth refers to the typical increases in estimated ultimate recovery that occur as oil fields are developed and produced."
  • "The capacity of the reserve is about 700M barrels and it currently has about 660M (according to the above site)."