Definition of reserve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    reserve

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɜːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɜːrv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reserve
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɜːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɜːrv//
     
    he / she / it reserves
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɜːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɜːrvz//
     
    past simple reserved
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɜːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɜːrvd//
     
    past participle reserved
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɜːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɜːrvd//
     
    -ing form reserving
    BrE BrE//rɪˈzɜːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɜːrvɪŋ//
     
    Dining out
     
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  1. 1  to ask for a seat, table, room, etc. to be available for you or somebody else at a future time synonym book 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. compare book See related entries: Dining out
  2. 2  to keep something for somebody/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) judgement(= 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 (= nobody else can publish or copy this).
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French reserver, from Latin reservare ‘keep back’, from re- ‘back’ + servare ‘to keep’.
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