Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: reserver, from Latin reservare 'to keep back', from servare 'to keep'


1 verb
Related topics: Daily Life
re‧serve1 W3 [transitive]
1D to arrange for a place in a hotel, restaurant, plane etc to be kept for you to use at a particular time in the future [↪ book]
reserve something for somebody/something
I'd like to reserve a table for two.
Do you have to reserve tickets in advance?
2 to keep something so that it can be used by a particular person or for a particular purpose [= set aside]
reserve something for somebody/something
A separate room is reserved for smokers.
reserved parking spaces
3 especially written to keep part of something for use at a later time during a process - used especially when describing how to cook something [= keep, save]:
Reserve a little of the mixture to sprinkle over the top of the pie.
4 to use or show something only in one particular situation
reserve something for somebody/something
She spoke in a tone of voice she usually reserved for dealing with officials.

reserve the right to do something

formal if you reserve the right to do something, you will do it if you think it is necessary - used especially in notices or official documents:
The management reserves the right to refuse admission.

reserve (your) judgment (on something)

spoken to not give your opinion about something until a later time when you have more information

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