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reserve

verb [T] uk   /rɪˈzɜːv/  us   /-ˈzɝːv/
B1 to keep something for a particular purpose or time: I reserve Mondays for tidying my desk and answering letters. These seats are reserved for the elderly and women with babies. I reserve judgment on this issue (= I won't give an opinion on it now) until we have more information.B1 If you reserve something such as a seat on an aircraft or a table at a restaurant, you arrange for it to be kept for your use: I reserved a double room at the Lamb Hotel. [+ two objects] If you get there early, reserve me a seat/reserve a seat for me.
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reserve

noun uk   /rɪˈzɜːv/  us   /-ˈzɝːv/

reserve noun (SHY BEHAVIOUR)

[U] the habit of not showing your feelings or thoughts: I took her out for a drink and tried to break through her reserve.

reserve noun (KEEPING)

C2 [C or U] the act of keeping something or a supply of something until it is needed, or a supply that you keep: She keeps a little money in reserve (= for use if and when needed). The librarian has put the book on reserve for me (= will keep it for me when it becomes available). We still have a reserve of food/food reserves in case of emergency.

reserve noun (AREA OF LAND)

B2 [C] (also reservation, US also preserve) an area of land kept in its natural state, especially for wild animals to live in and be protected: a nature/game/wildlife reserve

reserve noun (EXTRA PERSON)

[C] in sports, an extra player who is ready to play if needed: We had two reserves in case anyone was injured.the reserves [plural] a football team consisting of players who are not in the first team, but who play in a league against reserve teams from other clubs: Frank was a prolific scorer for the reserves before he graduated to the first team.
the reserves [plural] a group of people who are not permanently in the armed forces but are used only if needed: They will call up the reserves.

reserve noun (DOUBT)

[U] formal a feeling of doubt about someone or something: I can recommend him to you without reserve.

reserve noun (LOWEST PRICE)

[C usually singular] (also reserve price) the lowest amount of money the owners will accept for something being sold, especially at auction (= public sale): A rare Stradivarius violin failed to reach its reserve price (= no one offered to pay it) when put up for auction on Tuesday. We set/put a reserve of €500 on the picture.
(Definition of reserve from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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