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Meaning of RESERVE

Pronunciation:  ri'zurv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
  2. [n]  formality and propriety of manner
  3. [n]  armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
  4. [n]  a district that is reserved for particular purpose
  5. [n]  an athlete who plays only when another member of the team drops out
  6. [n]  something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
  7. [n]  (medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions
  8. [v]  give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"
  9. [v]  obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance; "We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"
  10. [v]  hold back or set aside, esp. for future use or contingency; "they held back their applause in anticipation"
  11. [v]  hold on to
  12. [v]  arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"

RESERVE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: allow, appropriate, backlog, book, earmark, hold, hold, military reserve, modesty, reservation, retain, reticence, set aside, stockpile, substitute, taciturnity
 See Also: accumulation, administrative district, administrative division, allot, armed forces, assign, athlete, bank, bench, bench warmer, bespeak, bespeak, book up, call for, call for, correctitude, demureness, fuel level, hold on, hold open, indefinite quantity, indian reservation, jock, keep, keep back, keep open, military, pinch hitter, portion, preserve, procure, properness, propriety, pulmonary reserve, quest, quest, request, request, reserve account, reserve fund, reservist, save, secure, territorial division, uncommunicativeness, withhold



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*serve"\, n.
    1. (Finance)
       (a) That part of the assets of a bank or other financial
           institution specially kept in cash in a more or less
           liquid form as a reasonable provision for meeting all
           demands which may be made upon it; specif.:
       (b) (Banking) Usually, the uninvested cash kept on hand
           for this purpose, called the {real reserve}. In Great
           Britain the ultimate real reserve is the gold kept on
           hand in the Bank of England, largely represented by
           the notes in hand in its own banking department; and
           any balance which a bank has with the Bank of England
           is a part of its reserve. In the United States the
           reserve of a national bank consists of the amount of
           lawful money it holds on hand against deposits, which
           is required by law to be not less than 15 per cent
           (--U. S. Rev. Stat. secs. 5191, 5192), three fifths of
           which the banks not in a reserve city (which see) may
           keep deposited as balances in national banks that are
           in reserve cities (--U. S. Rev. Stat. sec. 5192).
       (c) (Life Insurance) The amount of funds or assets
           necessary for a company to have at any given time to
           enable it, with interest and premiums paid as they
           shall accure, to meet all claims on the insurance then
           in force as they would mature according to the
           particular mortality table accepted. The reserve is
           always reckoned as a liability, and is calculated on
           net premiums. It is theoretically the difference
           between the present value of the total insurance and
           the present value of the future premiums on the
           insurance. The reserve, being an amount for which
           another company could, theoretically, afford to take
           over the insurance, is sometimes called the
    {reinsurance fund} or the
    {self-insurance fund}. For the first year upon any policy the
       net premium is called the
    {initial reserve}, and the balance left at the end of the
       year including interest is the
    {terminal reserve}. For subsequent years the initial reserve
       is the net premium, if any, plus the terminal reserve of
       the previous year. The portion of the reserve to be
       absorbed from the initial reserve in any year in payment
       of losses is sometimes called the
    {insurance reserve}, and the terminal reserve is then called
    {investment reserve}.
    2. In exhibitions, a distinction which indicates that the
       recipient will get a prize if another should be
    3. (Calico Printing) A resist.
    4. A preparation used on an object being electroplated to fix
       the limits of the deposit.
    5. See {Army organization}, above.
  2. \Re*serve"\ (r?-z?rv"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reserved}.
    (z?rvd");p. pr. & vb. n. {Reserving}.] [F. r['e]server, L.
    reservare, reservatum; pref. re- re- + servare to keep. See
    1. To keep back; to retain; not to deliver, make over, or
       disclose. ``I have reserved to myself nothing.'' --Shak.
    2. Hence, to keep in store for future or special use; to
       withhold from present use for another purpose or time; to
       keep; to retain. --Gen. xxvii. 35.
             Hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I
             have reserved against the time of trouble? --Job
             Reserve your kind looks and language for private
             hours.                                --Swift.
    3. To make an exception of; to except. [R.]
  3. \Re*serve"\, n. [F. r['e]serve.]
    1. The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation.
             However any one may concur in the general scheme, it
             is still with certain reserves and deviations.
    2. That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.
             The virgins, besides the oil in their lamps, carried
             likewise a reserve in some other vessel for a
             continual supply.                     --Tillotson.
    3. That which is excepted; exception.
             Each has some darling lust, which pleads for a
             reserve.                              --Rogers.
    4. Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness;
       caution in personal behavior.
             My soul, surprised, and from her sex disjoined, Left
             all reserve, and all the sex, behind. --Prior.
             The clergyman's shy and sensitive reserve had balked
             this scheme.                          --Hawthorne.
    5. A tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular
       purpose; as, the Connecticut Reserve in Ohio, originally
       set apart for the school fund of Connecticut; the Clergy
       Reserves in Canada, for the support of the clergy.
    6. (Mil.) A body of troops in the rear of an army drawn up
       for battle, reserved to support the other lines as
       occasion may require; a force or body of troops kept for
       an exigency.
    7. (Banking) Funds kept on hand to meet liabilities.
    {In reserve}, in keeping for other or future use; in store;
       as, he has large quantities of wheat in reserve; he has
       evidence or arguments in reserve.
    {Reserve air}. (Physiol.) Same as {Supplemental air}, under
    Syn: Reservation; retention; limitation; backwardness;
         reservedness; coldness; restraint; shyness; coyness;