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Definitions for reservation
ˌrɛz ərˈveɪ ʃənreser·va·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reservation, reservenoun

    a district that is reserved for particular purpose

  2. reservation, qualificationnoun

    a statement that limits or restricts some claim

    "he recommended her without any reservations"

  3. mental reservation, reservation, arriere penseenoun

    an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly

  4. booking, reservationnoun

    the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of (a person or group)

    "wondered who had made the booking"

  5. reservationnoun

    the written record or promise of an arrangement by which accommodations are secured in advance

  6. reservationnoun

    something reserved in advance (as a hotel accommodation or a seat on a plane etc.)

  7. reservationnoun

    the act of keeping back or setting aside for some future occasion


  1. Reservationnoun

    an agreement to have some space, service or other acommodation, as at a hotel, a restaurant, or on a public transport system, held for one's future use; also, the record or receipt for such an agreement, or the contractual obligation to retain that accommodation; as, a hotel reservation; a reservation on a flight to Dallas; to book a reservation at the Ritz.


  1. reservationnoun

    The act of reserving, withholding or keeping back.

  2. reservationnoun

    Something that is withheld or kept back.

  3. reservationnoun

    A limiting qualification (often used in the plural).

    I have reservations about your intentions.

  4. reservationnoun

    A tract of land set apart by the US government for the use of a Native American people; Indian reservation (compare Canadian reserve).

  5. reservationnoun

    An arrangement by which accommodation or transport arrangements are secured in advance.

  6. reservationnoun

    the area which separates opposing lanes of traffic on a divided motorway.

  7. Etymology: From reservation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reservationnoun

    the act of reserving, or keeping back; concealment, or withholding from disclosure; reserve

  2. Reservationnoun

    something withheld, either not expressed or disclosed, or not given up or brought forward

  3. Reservationnoun

    a tract of the public land reserved for some special use, as for schools, for the use of Indians, etc

  4. Reservationnoun

    the state of being reserved, or kept in store

  5. Reservationnoun

    a clause in an instrument by which some new thing is reserved out of the thing granted, and not in esse before

  6. Reservationnoun

    a proviso

  7. Reservationnoun

    the portion of the sacramental elements reserved for purposes of devotion and for the communion of the absent and sick

  8. Reservationnoun

    a term of canon law, which signifies that the pope reserves to himself appointment to certain benefices

  9. Etymology: [Cf. F. rservation, LL. reservatio. See Reserve.]


  1. Reservation

    A reservation in international law is a caveat to a state's acceptance of a treaty. A reservation is defined by the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties as: a unilateral statement, however phrased or named, made by a State, when signing, ratifying, accepting, approving or acceding to a treaty, whereby it purports to exclude or to modify the legal effect of certain provisions of the treaty in their application to that State. In effect, a reservation allows the state to be a party to the treaty, while excluding the legal effect of that specific provision in the treaty to which it objects. States can not take reservations after they have accepted the treaty; a reservation must be made at the time that the treaty affects the State. The Vienna Convention did not create the concept of reservations but codified existing customary law. Thus even States that have not formally acceded to the Vienna Convention act as if they had. As reservations are defined under the Vienna Convention and interpretative declarations are not, the two are sometimes difficult to discern from each other. Unlike a reservation, a declaration is not meant to affect the State's legal obligations but is attached to State's consent to a treaty to explain or interpret what the State deems unclear.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reservation' in Nouns Frequency: #2144

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reservation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reservation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of reservation in a Sentence

  1. Annita Lucchesi:

    That kind of narrative about Indigenous people just lends itself to more violence so that when this violence does happen, it's not a disruption of the social fabric the way it would be when it happens to somebody else, because we're already perceived as not part of the social fabric, because we're either dead and disappeared. We're less than human. We're so far away on some remote reservation that we're not part of the rest of the community.

  2. Sue Gough:

    We are proud of our history of providing a safe operating area for events on the Pentagon Reservation, to include Rolling Thunder every year, the Pentagon civilian workforce, including PFPA, have a large veteran presence, and we especially appreciate the opportunity to support events that honor those who've served and sacrificed.

  3. Sue Gough:

    All outside events pay fees to use Pentagon Reservation. The fee includes costs for overtime for security and reimbursement for clean up after an event. Rolling Thunder, Inc. pays only a portion of the total costs incurred by Pentagon Reservation to support the event, we are proud of our history of providing a safe operating area for events on the Pentagon Reservation, to include Rolling Thunder every year.

  4. Gina Haspel:

    Having served in that tumultuous time, I can offer you my personal commitment, clearly and without reservation, that under my leadership on my watch, [the] CIA will not restart such a detention and interrogation program.

  5. Robert Rector:

    Essentially it says we will let the illegals come in and take all of the jobs and then we’ll put American workers onto a kind of welfare reservation where they can live out their lives on that reservation.

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  • حجزArabic
  • výhradaCzech
  • Bedenken, Reservat, ReservierungGerman
  • κράτηση, επιφύλαξη, διαχωριστικόGreek
  • reservación, reservaSpanish
  • varaaminen, reservaatti, keskikaista, varausFinnish
  • réserveFrench
  • आरक्षणHindi
  • prenotazioneItalian
  • 居留地, 予約, 保留Japanese
  • 예약Korean
  • reservatieDutch
  • reservaPortuguese
  • оставле́ние, сохране́ние, резерви́рование, резерва́ция, брони́рованиеRussian
  • rezervat, rezervacijaSlovene
  • mittremsa, reservatSwedish
  • ஒதுக்கீடுTamil
  • రిజర్వేషన్Telugu
  • rezervasyon, yer ayırtmaTurkish
  • بکنگUrdu

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    a small restaurant serving beer and wine as well as food; usually cheap
    • A. dint
    • B. jab
    • C. sweep
    • D. brasserie

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