Re·serve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reserved. (z░rvd");p. pr. & vb. n. Reserving.]
1. To keep back; to retain; not to deliver, make over, or disclose. “I have reserved to myself nothing.”
2. Hence, to keep in store for future or special use; to withhold from present use for another purpose or time; to keep; to retain; to make a reservation7.
Note: In cases where one person or party makes a request to an agent that some accommodation (such as a hotel room or place at a restaurant) be kept (reserved) for their use at a particular time, the word reserve applies both to the action of the person making the request, and to the action of the agent who takes the approproriate action (such as a notation in a book of reservations) to be certain that the accommodation is available at that time.
Hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble? --Job xxxviii. 22,23.
Reserve your kind looks and language for private hours. --Swift.
3. To make an exception of; to except. [R.]
1. Kept for future or special use, or for an exigency; as, reserved troops; a reserved seat in a theater.
2. Restrained from freedom in words or actions; backward, or cautious, in communicating one's thoughts and feelings; not free or frank.
To all obliging, yet reserved to all. --Walsh.
Nothing reserved or sullen was to see. --Dryden.
-- Re*serv*ed*ly adv. -- Re*serv*ed*ness, n.
adj 1: set aside for the use of a particular person or party [ant:
2: marked by self-restraint and reticence; "was habitually
reserved in speech, withholding her opinion"-Victoria
Sackville-West [ant: unreserved]
3: cool and formal in manner [syn: restrained, reticent, unemotional]