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reserve

noun (KEEPING)    /rɪˈzɜːv/ US  /-ˈzɝːv/
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 .Keeping and storing things
(Definition of reserve noun (KEEPING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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