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definition of the word reserve

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Singular
reserve

Plural
reserves

reserve (plural reserves)

  1. The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation; exception.
    I accept your view with one reserve.
  2. That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.
  3. A natural resource known to exist but not currently exploited.
    New oil reserves are continuously being discovered, but not as fast as the existing ones are running out.
  4. Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior.
  5. A tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular purpose; as, the Connecticut Reserve in Ohio, originally set apart for the school fund of Connecticut; the Clergy Reserves in Canada, for the support of the clergy.
  6. (Canadian) A tract of land set apart for the use of a Aboriginal people. (compare US reservation).
  7. (military) A body of troops kept in the rear of an army drawn up for battle, reserved to support the other lines as occasion may require; a force or body of troops kept for an exigency.
  8. (finance) Funds kept on hand to meet planned or unplanned financial requirements.
  9. (sports) A member of a team who does not participate from the start of the game, but can be used to replace tired or injured team-mates.


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