Definition of reservation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌrezəˈveɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrezərˈveɪʃn//
    Staying in a hotel, Plane travel, Train and bus travel, Dining out
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  1. 1  [countable] an arrangement for a seat on a plane or train, a room in a hotel, etc. to be kept for you I'll call the restaurant and make a reservation. We have a reservation in the name of Grant. Wordfinderaccommodation, book, full board, holiday, hotel, reception, reservation, room service, suite, vacancy Wordfinderà la carte, course, cuisine, menu, order, reservation, restaurant, service charge, speciality, waiter CollocationsRestaurantsEating out eat (lunch/​dinner)/dine/​meet at/​in a restaurant go (out)/take somebody (out) for lunch/​dinner/​a meal have a meal with somebody make/​have a reservation (in/​under the name of Yamada) reserve/ (especially British English) book a table for six ask for/​request a table for two/​a table by the windowIn the restaurant wait to be seated show somebody to their table sit in the corner/​by the window/​at the bar/​at the counter hand somebody/​give somebody the menu/​wine list open/​read/​study/​peruse the menu the restaurant has a three-course set menu/​a children’s menu/​an extensive wine list taste/​sample/​try the wine the waiter takes your order order/​choose/​have the soup of the day/​one of the specials/​the house (British English) speciality/(especially North American English) specialty serve/​finish the first course/​the starter/​the main course/​dessert/​coffee complain about the food/​the service/​your meal enjoy your mealPaying pay/​ask for (especially British English) the bill/(North American English) the check pay for/​treat somebody to dinner/​lunch/​the meal service is (not) included give somebody/​leave (somebody) a tip compare booking See related entries: Staying in a hotel, Plane travel, Train and bus travel, Dining out
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] a feeling of doubt about a plan or an idea synonym misgiving I have serious reservations about his ability to do the job. They support the measures without reservation (= completely).
  3. 3(also reserve) [countable] an area of land in the US that is kept separate for Native Americans to live in
  4. 4[uncountable] = reservation policy
  5. see also central reservation
    Word Originlate Middle English (denoting the Pope's right of nomination to a benefice): from Old French, or from late Latin reservatio(n-), from reservare ‘keep back’, ‘keep back’, from re- ‘back’ + servare ‘to keep’.Extra examples Despite his initial reservations, he came to love London. Do you have a reservation? I can recommend her without reservation. I have certain reservations regarding several of the clauses in the contract. I’d like to make a reservation for four people for Friday night, please. My one reservation concerns the performance of the vehicle in wet conditions. NATO generals voiced reservations about making air strikes. Reservations are recommended, especially during the busy holiday weekends. The employees are backing the reorganization plans, with reservations. They have expressed reservations concerning the provisions of the treaty. We have reservations at a restaurant at six tonight. I’ll call the restaurant and make a reservation.
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