- 1 to ask for a seat, table, room, etc. to be available for you or someone else at a future time reserve something for somebody/something I'd like to reserve a table for three for eight o'clock. reserve something I've reserved a room in the name of Jones.
- 2to keep something for someone or something, so that it cannot be used by any other person or for any other reason reserve something for somebody/something These seats are reserved for special guests. She said this in the tone of voice she reserved for addressing small children. reserve something I'd prefer to reserve (my) judgment (= not make a decision) until I know all the facts.
- 3 reserve something to have or keep a particular power The management reserves the right to refuse admission. (law) All rights reserved (= no one else can publish or copy this).
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NAmE//rɪˈzərv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reserve
he / she / it reserves
past simple reserved
-ing form reserving