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Definition of reserve verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reserve
    he / she / it reserves
    past simple reserved
    -ing form reserving
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  1. 1to 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.
  2. 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. 3reserve 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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