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reserve

verb [T]
 
 
/rɪˈzɜːv/
to keep something for a particular purpose or time: reserve sth for sb/sth The plan would reserve $1 billion for "long-term capacity improvements".
COMMERCE to arrange for something to be kept for you, for example, a seat on an aircraft or a table at a restaurant: He's reserved a table for 8pm.
reserve the right to do sth to state, especially in a written agreement, that you may change something in the future: I reserve the right to disagree to any future changes in the company structure.
reserve judgement to not decide on something immediately: I thought I'd reserve judgement until he'd finished his presentation.
(Definition of reserve verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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