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"reservation" in American English

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 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 ​childrenstayhomealone.
[C] an ​arrangement to have something ​kept for a ​person or for a ​specialpurpose: I made a reservation at the ​restaurant for 7 o’clock. [C] A reservation is also an ​area of ​land set ​apart for a ​particulargroup of ​people to ​live on, esp. American ​Indians.
(Definition of reservation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reservation" in British English

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uk   /ˌrez.əˈveɪ.ʃən/  us   /-ɚ-/
  • 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 confirmyour reservation in writing by ​Friday. [C] an ​area of ​land made ​available for a ​particulargroup of ​people to ​live in: The ​familylives on a Native American reservation. [C] (also reserve, US also preserve) an ​area of ​land in which ​wildanimals are ​protected: He's the ​chiefwarden of a big-game reservation.

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  • reservation noun (DOUBT)

C2 [C usually plural, U] a ​doubt or ​feeling of not being ​able to ​agree with or ​accept something ​completely: Workers and ​employeesshareddeep reservations about the ​wisdom of the government's ​plans for the ​industry. He ​accepted my ​advice without reservation.
(Definition of reservation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reservation" in Business English

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reservationnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌrezəˈveɪʃən/ 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)
Translations of “reservation”
in Arabic حَجْز…
in Korean 예약…
in Portuguese reserva…
in Catalan reserva…
in Japanese 予約…
in Chinese (Simplified) 预订, 预约, 居留地…
in Turkish yer ayırtma, rezervasyon, kuşku…
in Russian предварительный заказ, сомнение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 預訂, 預約, 居留地…
in Italian prenotazione…
in Polish rezerwacja, zastrzeżenie, wątpliwość…
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