(noun, verb)


1. formality and proper manner.

Similar word(s): modesty

Definition categories: attribute, correctitude, properness, propriety

2. something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose

Similar word(s): backlog, stockpile

Definition categories: possession, accumulation

3. an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced

Similar word(s): substitute

Definition categories: person, athlete, jock

4. (medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions

Definition categories: quantity

5. a district that is reserved for particular purpose

Similar word(s): reservation

Definition categories: location

6. armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency

Definition categories: group, military

7. the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary

Similar word(s): reticence, taciturnity

Definition categories: attribute, uncommunicativeness

Sentences with reserve as a noun:

- I accept your view with one reserve.

- New oil reserves are continuously being discovered, but not as fast as the existing ones are running out.


1. hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency

Definition categories: possession, withhold

2. give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

- I will earmark this money for your research

Similar word(s): allow, appropriate, earmark

Definition categories: cognition, allot, assign, portion

3. obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance

- We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's

Definition categories: communication, bespeak, quest, request

4. arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance

- reserve me a seat on a flight

Similar word(s): book, hold

Definition categories: social, bespeak, quest, request

Sentences with reserve as a verb:

- We reserve the right to make modifications.

- This cake is reserved for the guests!

- I reserved a table for us at the best restaurant in town.