Meaning of “reservation” in the English Dictionary

"reservation" in British English

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reservationnoun

uk /ˌrez.əˈveɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌrez.ɚˈveɪ.ʃən/

reservation noun (THING KEPT)

B1 [ C or U ] an arrangement in which something such as a seat on an aircraft or a table at a restaurant is kept for you:

I'd like to make a table reservation for two people for nine o'clock.
Please confirm your reservation in writing by Friday.

[ C ] an area of land made available for a particular group of people to live in:

The family lives on a Native American reservation.

[ C ] also reserve, US also preserve an area of land in which wild animals are protected:

He's the chief warden of a big-game reservation.

More examples

  • The US government forcibly resettled the Native Americans in reservations.
  • The restaurant is so popular it's almost impossible to get a reservation.
  • Please let us know if you wish to cancel your reservation.
  • The concierge can make dinner or theatre reservations for you.
  • Many campsites require reservations, especially during the summer holiday season.

(Definition of “reservation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reservation" in American English

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reservationnoun

us /ˌrez·ərˈveɪ·ʃən/

[ C/U ] a doubt or reason for not accepting or agreeing with something completely:

[ C ] We have reservations about letting the children stay home alone.

[ C ] an arrangement to have something kept for a person or for a special purpose:

I made a reservation at the restaurant for 7 o’clock.

[ C ] A reservation is also an area of land set apart for a particular group of people to live on, esp. American Indians.

(Definition of “reservation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reservation" in Business English

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reservationnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌrezəˈveɪʃən/ us COMMERCE

an arrangement to have something kept for you, for example, a seat on an aircraft or a table at a restaurant:

Do you have a reservation?
It is advisable to make a reservation several days in advance.
They prefer not to take reservations because it's less efficient if a table sits empty while they wait for a party to show up.
hotel/dinner/travel reservations
a reservation system

(Definition of “reservation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)