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- (transitive) If you reserve a room, a table, seat etc. you arrange for it to be kept for you, usually for a particular date and time.
- This parking spot is reserved for the general manager.
- We had reserved a room at the hotel.
- (transitive) When you're cooking, if you reserve something, you put it aside to use later.
- Cook pasta as directed on package and reserve 1/4 cup of pasta cooking water.
- (transitive) If you reserve something for a particular situation, you usually don't use it except in that situation.
- She spoke to me in a voice usually reserved for young children.
- (transitive) If you reserve the right to do something, you let people know that these are your legal rights and you may use or defend them.
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- (countable), (usually plural) Reserves are extra amounts of something that are for the future.
- Canada has 179 billion barrels of oil reserves - second only to Saudi Arabia.
- The central bank's cash and gold reserves have fallen by 25 percent since June 2001.
- This special sugar is your body's quick, easy-access energy reserve.
- She always had some water in reserve.
- (countable & uncountable) Reserve is a feeling of holding back, controlling yourself, and not being very friendly.
- We listened to all this talk about change with a certain reserve.
- (countable & uncountable) Reserves are extra players on a team, or fighters in an army in case somebody is hurt or needs a rest.
- Their best player spent a season on injured reserve after hurting his knee.
- She joined the Army Reserve during her time in university.
- (countable) A reserve is an area of land or water that is protected from humans.
- These lands (such as national parks and nature reserves) supply cities with clean drinking water.
- (countable) A reserve (or reservation) is an area of land that belongs to a group of indigenous people, such as a First Nations group in Canada.