verb (reserves, reserving, reserved, reserved)
- The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation.
- That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.
- That which is excepted; exception.
- Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior.
- 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.
- 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.
- A member of a sports team who does not participate from the start of the game, who can be used to replace tired or injured team-mates.
- Funds kept on hand to meet liabilities.
- To keep back; to retain; not to deliver, make over, or disclose.
- Hence, to keep in store for future or special use; to withhold from present use for another purpose or time; to keep; to retain.
- To make an exception of; to except.
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