reserve Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"reserve" in British English

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reserveverb [T]

uk   /rɪˈzɜːv/  us   /-ˈzɝːv/
B1 to ​keep something for a ​particularpurpose or ​time: I reserve Mondays fortidying my ​desk and ​answeringletters. 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 ​doubleroom at the Lamb Hotel. [+ two objects] If you get there early, reserve me a ​seat/reserve a ​seat for me.
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uk   /rɪˈzɜːv/  us   /-ˈzɝːv/

reserve noun (SHY BEHAVIOUR)

[U] the ​habit of not ​showingyourfeelings 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 ​becomesavailable). 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 ​landkept in ​itsnaturalstate, ​especially for ​wildanimals to ​live in and be ​protected: a nature/​game/​wildlife reserve

reserve noun (EXTRA PERSON)

[C] in ​sports, an ​extraplayer who is ​ready to ​play if ​needed: We had two reserves in ​case anyone was ​injured.the reserves [plural] a ​footballteam 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 ​prolificscorer for the reserves before he ​graduated to the first ​team.
the reserves [plural] a ​group of ​people who are not ​permanently in the ​armedforces 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 ​lowestamount of ​money the ​owners will ​accept for something being ​sold, ​especially at auction (= ​publicsale): A ​rare Stradivarius ​violinfailed to reachits 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reserve" in American English

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reserveverb [I/T]

 us   /rɪˈzɜrv/
to ​keep something for a ​particularpurpose or ​time: [T] He reserved the ​right to ​veto any ​futureplans. If you reserve something such as a ​table in a ​restaurant or a ​room in a ​hotel, you ​arrange for it to be ​kept for ​your use at a ​latertime: [I] It’s a ​popularrestaurant, and you’ll have to reserve well in ​advance. [T] I’m ​sorry, this ​seat is reserved.

reservenoun [C/U]

 us   /rɪˈzɜrv/
something ​kept for a ​particularpurpose or ​time, or the ​state of being ​kept for ​future use by someone: [C] I have a reserve of ​food in ​case of ​emergency. [U] The ​book is on reserve and can’t be ​checked out. She ​keeps a little ​money in reserve (= for use if and when ​needed). A reserve (also (also preserve)) is also an ​area of ​landkept for the ​protection of ​animals and ​plants: [C] a ​nature/​game reserve The reserves are a ​part of a country’s ​armedforces that are not always on ​active duty but are ​available in an ​emergency.
(Definition of reserve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reserve" in Business English

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reserveverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈzɜːv/
to ​keep something for a particular ​purpose or ​time: reserve sth for sb/sth The ​plan would reserve $1 ​billion for "​long-termcapacityimprovements".
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 ​companystructure.
reserve judgement to not decide on something immediately: I ​thought I'd reserve ​judgement until he'd ​finished his ​presentation.


uk   us   /rɪˈzɜːv/
[C] a ​supply of something that you have ​available to use if you need to: You will need a ​reasonable reserve ofcash to ​start the ​process. coal/​oil/​fuel reserves
in reserve kept in ​order to use later if needed: They do not havemoney in reserve like many of the bigger ​companies. Land should be kept in reserve at the ​airport for a second runway which could be ​built by the mid-2020s.
[C] (also reserve price) COMMERCE the ​lowestamount of ​money that the ​owner will ​accept for something that is being ​sold, especially at an auction: I set the reserve ​price at $50 in the hope that it would ​sell for much more.
reserves [plural] BANKING, FINANCE the ​amount of ​foreigncurrency or ​gold that a ​centralbank has at a particular ​time: It has around 8bn ​dollars in ​foreigncurrency reserves. No country has limitless reserves ofgold. ACCOUNTING moneykept by a ​company for a particular use, for ​example, a future ​project or ​emergency: use/dip into reserves It became necessary for the ​company to ​dip into its reserves. cash/​money reserves
(Definition of reserve from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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