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reserve

verb [I/T]  us   /rɪˈzɜrv/
to keep something for a particular purpose or time: [T] He reserved the right to veto any future plans. If you reserve something such as a table in a restaurant or a room in a hotel, you arrange for it to be kept for your use at a later time: [I] It’s a popular restaurant, and you’ll have to reserve well in advance. [T] I’m sorry, this seat is reserved.

reserve

noun [C/U]  us   /rɪˈzɜrv/
something kept for a particular purpose or time, or the state of being kept for future use by someone: [C] I have a reserve of food in case of emergency. [U] The book is on reserve and can’t be checked out. She keeps a little money in reserve (= for use if and when needed). A reserve (also (also preserve)) is also an area of land kept for the protection of animals and plants: [C] a nature/game reserve The reserves are a part of a country’s armed forces that are not always on active duty but are available in an emergency.
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