What does Reserve mean?

Definitions for Reserve

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Reserve.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. modesty, reservenoun

    formality and propriety of manner

  2. reserve, backlog, stockpilenoun

    something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose

  3. substitute, reserve, second-stringernoun

    an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced

  4. reservenoun

    (medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions

  5. reservation, reservenoun

    a district that is reserved for particular purpose

  6. military reserve, reservenoun

    armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency

  7. reserve, reticence, taciturnityverb

    the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary

  8. reserveverb

    hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency

    "they held back their applause in anticipation"

  9. allow, appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserveverb

    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

    "I will earmark this money for your research"; "She sets aside time for meditation every day"

  10. reserveverb

    obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance

    "We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"

  11. reserve, hold, bookverb

    arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance

    "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"


  1. Reserveverb

    Hence, to keep in store for future or special use; to withhold from present use for another purpose or time; to keep; to retain; to make a reservation. Gen. xxvii. 35. In cases where one person or party makes a request to an agent that some accommodation (such as a hotel room or place at a restaurant) be kept (reserved) for their use at a particular time, the word reserve applies both to the action of the person making the request, and to the action of the agent who takes the approproriate action (such as a notation in a book of reservations) to be certain that the accommodation is available at that time.

  2. Reservenoun

    (Mil.) (a) A body of troops in the rear of an army drawn up for battle, reserved to support the other lines as occasion may require; a force or body of troops kept for an exigency. (b) troops trained but released from active service, retained as a formal part of the military force, and liable to be recalled to active service in cases of national need (see Army organization, above).


  1. reservenoun

    The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation; exception.

    I accept your view with one reserve.

  2. reservenoun

    That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.

  3. reservenoun

    A natural resource known to exist but not currently exploited.

    New oil reserves are continuously being discovered, but not as fast as the existing ones are running out.

  4. reservenoun

    Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior.

  5. reservenoun

    A tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular purpose; as, the Connecticut Reserve in Ohio, originally set apart for the school fund of Connecticut; the Clergy Reserves in Canada, for the support of the clergy.

  6. reservenoun

    A tract of land set apart for the use of an Aboriginal group; Indian reserve (compare US reservation.)

  7. reservenoun

    A body of troops kept in the rear of an army drawn up for battle, reserved to support the other lines as occasion may require; a force or body of troops kept for an exigency.

  8. reservenoun

    Funds kept on hand to meet planned or unplanned financial requirements.

  9. reservenoun

    A member of a team who does not participate from the start of the game, but can be used to replace tired or injured team-mates.

  10. reserveverb

    To keep back; to retain.

    We reserve the right for modifications.

  11. reserveverb

    To keep in store for future or special use.

    This cake is reserved for the guests!

  12. reserveverb

    To book in advance; to make a reservation.

    I reserved a table for us at the best restaurant in town.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reservenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The assent may be withheld upon this suggestion, that I know not yet all that may be said: and therefore, though I be beaten, it is not necessary I should yield, not knowing what forces there are in reserve behind. John Locke.

    The virgins, besides the oil in their lamps, carried likewise a reserve in some other vessel for a continual supply. John Tillotson.

    However any one may concur in the general scheme, it is still with certain reserves and deviations, and with a salvo to his own private judgement. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Is knowledge so despis’d?
    Or envy, or what reserve forbids to taste? John Milton.

    Each has some darling lust, which pleads for a reserve, and which they would fain reconcile to the expectations of religion. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Ere guardian thought cou’d bring its scatter’d aid,
    My soul surpriz’d, and from herself disjoin’d,
    Left all reserve, and all the sex behind. Matthew Prior.

  2. To RESERVEverb

    Etymology: reserver, Fr. reservo, Lat.

    I could add many probabilities of the names of places; but they should be too long for this, and I reserve them for another. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the day of trouble? Job xxxviii. 23.

    David houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots. 2 Sam. viii. 4.

    Reserv’d from night, and kept for thee in store. John Milton.

    Reserve thy state, with better judgment check
    This hideous rashness. William Shakespeare.

    Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Jer. iii. 5.

    The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. 2 Peter ii. 9.

    The breach seems like the scissures of an earthquake, and threatens to swallow all that attempt to close it, and reserves its cure only for omnipotence. Decay of Piety.

    Conceal your esteem and love in your own breast, and reserve your kind looks and language for private hours. Jonathan Swift.


  1. reserve

    A reserve is a supply of resources or money kept available for specific or future use. It could also refer to an allocated portion of assets held back for emergencies, future expenses, or unforeseen circumstances. In ecology, it refers to a protected area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or other special interests, which is reserved and managed for conservation. In military terms, it refers to a body of troops withheld from action to reinforce or protect others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reserveverb

    to keep back; to retain; not to deliver, make over, or disclose

  2. Reserveverb

    hence, to keep in store for future or special use; to withhold from present use for another purpose or time; to keep; to retain

  3. Reserveverb

    to make an exception of; to except

  4. Reservenoun

    the act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation

  5. Reservenoun

    that which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use

  6. Reservenoun

    that which is excepted; exception

  7. Reservenoun

    restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior

  8. Reservenoun

    a tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular purpose; as, the Connecticut Reserve in Ohio, originally set apart for the school fund of Connecticut; the Clergy Reserves in Canada, for the support of the clergy

  9. Reservenoun

    a body of troops in the rear of an army drawn up for battle, reserved to support the other lines as occasion may require; a force or body of troops kept for an exigency

  10. Reservenoun

    funds kept on hand to meet liabilities

  11. Etymology: [F. rserver, L. reservare, reservatum; pref. re- re- + servare to keep. See Serve.]


  1. Reserve

    Reserve is a census-designated place in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, United States, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. The population was 9,111 at the 2000 census. It is part of the New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reserve

    rē-zėrv′, v.t. to keep back: to keep for future or other use: to retain, except: to keep safe.—n. that which is reserved: that which is kept for future use: a part of an army or a fleet reserved to assist those engaged in action: that which is kept back in the mind: mental concealment: absence of freedom in words or action: caution: that part of capital which is retained to meet average liabilities.—n. Reservā′tion, the act of reserving or keeping back: the withholding from a statement of a word or clause necessary to convey its real meaning: something withheld: safe keeping: a clause, proviso, or limitation by which something is reserved: (U.S.) a tract of public land reserved for some special purpose, as for Indians, schools, &c.: the practice of reserving part of the consecrated bread of the eucharist for the communion of the sick: the act of the pope to reserve to himself the right to nominate to certain benefices.—adj. Reserv′ative.—n. Reserv′atory.—n.pl. Reserves′, the reserve forces of a country, the men composing such.—n. Reser′vist, a soldier who belongs to the reserves.—Mental reservation, the act of reserving or holding back some word or clause which is necessary to convey fully the meaning really intended by the speaker—distinct from equivocation (L. equivocatio or amphibolia).—Without reserve, a phrase implying that a property will be sold absolutely, neither the vendor nor any one acting for him bidding it in. [O. Fr. reserver—L. reservārere-, back, servāre, to save.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. reserve

    1. Portion of a body of troops that is kept to the rear, or withheld from action at the beginning of an engagement, in order to be available for a decisive movement. 2. Members of the Military Services who are not in active service but who are subject to call to active duty. 3. Portion of an appropriation or contract authorization held or set aside for future operations or contingencies and, in respect to which, administrative authorization to incur commitments or obligations has been withheld. See also operational reserve.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. reserve

    A portion drawn out from the main body, and stationed in the rear for a special object.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. reserve

    In army affairs, is a body of troops held somewhere in the rear, generally out of fire, and kept fresh, in order that they may interfere with decisive force at any point where yielding troops require support, or an advantage gained needs powerful following up. The reserve of ammunition is a magazine of warlike stores, situated between an army and its base of operations, sufficiently retired from the front to be safe from sudden raids of the enemy, and at the same time advanced enough to allow of the supply actually in the field being speedily replenished.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reserve' in Nouns Frequency: #1298

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reserve' in Verbs Frequency: #742

Anagrams for Reserve »

  1. reveres

  2. reverse

  3. severer

  4. resever

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reserve in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reserve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Reserve in a Sentence

  1. Joe Manchin:

    I said, ‘Can we just wait until the inflation figures come out [for] July, until we know if the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates?’ then make the decision on what we can do and how much we can do.

  2. Ryane Clowe:

    I didnt like that side of the game, it was more behind the scenes things that I wanted to learn more of. Obviously Ive never done it before. I dont know if I would enjoy it or not enjoy it, but its something that I wanted to learn more of. Being under contract with Ottawa still on long-term (injured reserve), that didnt give me an opportunity to do that with a team because Im under contract with Ottawa, so the timing of NHL Network was perfect.

  3. Marc Chandler:

    The Federal Reserve acknowledges the continued improvement in the labor market. The problem is that it has not translated to stronger consumption, and business investment remains soft.

  4. New York Fed:

    To date, there is no evidence of any attempt to penetrate Federal Reserve systems in connection with the payments in question, and there is no evidence that any Fed systems were compromised.

  5. Donald Trump:

    It's a correction that I think is caused by the The Federal Reserve, with interest rates.

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Translations for Reserve

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  • حجز, يحجزArabic
  • Reservieren, Reserviertheit, buchen, Reserve, vorbehalten, Schutzgebiet, vormerkenGerman
  • επιφύλαξηGreek
  • rezerviEsperanto
  • reservaSpanish
  • varumineEstonian
  • vararahasto, varanto, varata, reservaatti, poikkeus, pidättää, varmuusvarasto, säästää, varaus, reservi, [[panna]] [[talteen]], vaihtopelaaja, varastoida, varautuneisuus, alueFinnish
  • réservation, réserve, réservesFrench
  • tartalék, foglal, lefoglalHungarian
  • 予約, 保護区, 控え, 予備兵力, 準備金, 蓄える, 予備地, 自制, 補欠, 留保, 控えめ, 保留地, 備蓄, 残す, 予備役, 予備, 引当金Japanese
  • 예약하다, 豫約, 하다Korean
  • pūtea penapena, tāpuiMāori
  • rezabMalay
  • reserveren, beschermen, reserve, bewarenDutch
  • reservat, reservere, reservefond, reservasjon, sette av, tilbakeholdenhet, bestille, reservering, forbeholde, reservespiller, reserverthet, forråd, legge til side, reserve, bestilling, holde av, reservetroppNorwegian
  • rezerwować, rezerwa, zarezerwowaćPolish
  • reservar, reservaPortuguese
  • [[оставля́ть]] [[за]] [[собо́й]], запасной, резерв, откла́дывать, запаса́ть, заповедник, отложи́ть, запасной игрок, резервация, зака́зывать, запасание, сдержанность, брони́ровать, резерви́ровать, резервный фонд, запас, заказа́ть, резервироавние, заброни́ровать, зарезерви́ровать, запасти́Russian
  • reservat, reservation, reservera, reserv, tillgång, reserverSwedish
  • இருப்புTamil
  • rezervTurkish
  • để dành, dự bị, chuẩn bị, dử lại, phòng bị, dành riêngVietnamese
  • 保留Chinese

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