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Definition of reservation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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. Topic 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 Baker) reserve 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 specialty serve/finish the appetizers/the first course/the main course/dessert/coffee complain about the food/the service/your meal enjoy your mealpaying pay/ask for the check/the bill pay for/treat somebody to dinner/lunch/the meal a gratuity/a service charge is (not) included give somebody/leave (somebody) a tip
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a feeling of doubt about a plan or an idea synonym misgiving Ihave serious reservations about his ability to do the job. They support the measures without reservation (= completely).
  3. 3[countable] an area of land in the U.S. that is kept separate for Native Americans to live in
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