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Dictionary definition for: Reserve

1. (n) formality and propriety of manner

2. (v) hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency; "they held back their applause in anticipation"

3. (n) something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose

4. (v) give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"

5. (n) an athlete who plays only when another member of the team drops out

6. (v) obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance; "We managed to reserve a table at Maxim''s"

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

8. (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"

9. (n) a district that is reserved for particular purpose

10. (n) armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency

11. (n) the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary

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