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reserve

noun (EXTRA PERSON)    /rɪˈzɜːv/ US  /-ˈzɝːv/
[C] in sports, an extra player who is ready to play if needed: We had two reserves in case anyone was injured.Competitors and participants in sports and gamesReplacing and exchanging 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.
(Definition of reserve noun (EXTRA PERSON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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