- 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. See Synonyms at book.
- To keep or secure for oneself; retain: I reserve the right to disagree. See Synonyms at keep.
- Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose.
- The act of reserving.
- The keeping of one's feelings, thoughts, or affairs to oneself.
- Self-restraint in expression; reticence: "One feels it everywhere, a quality of reserve, something held back” ( Rollene W. Saal).
- Lack of enthusiasm; skeptical caution.
- An amount of capital held back from investment in order to meet probable or possible demands.
- A reservation of public land: a forest reserve.
- An amount of a mineral, fossil fuel, or other resource known to exist in a particular location and to be exploitable: the discovery of large oil reserves.
- A fighting force kept uncommitted until strategic need arises. Often used in the plural.
- The part of a country's armed forces not on active duty but subject to call in an emergency.
- Held in or forming a reserve: a reserve supply of food.
- in reserve Kept back, set aside, or saved.
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