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[ verb ] hold back or set aside, esp. for future use or contingency: reserve: they held back their applause in anticipation.

Used in print

(James J. Maguire, "A Family Affair"...)

A man does not make that kind_of gamble if he suspects that one or more of the limited number of tenure positions is being reserved for members of the `` family '' .

Songs from China and Japan were reserved exclusively for Miss_Mao , who is a native of China , and those of the_British Isles were sung by Mr._Fuller , who is English by birth .

Related terms

withhold devote

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[ verb ] give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause

Examples

"I will earmark this money for your research"

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

Thereafter the audience waxed applause happy , but discriminating operagoers reserved judgment as her singing showed signs of strain , her musicianship some questionable procedure and her acting uncomfortable stylization .

Related terms

assign

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[ verb ] obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance

Synonyms

hold retain

Examples

"We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

The concept of unity , in which positive and negative are attributes of the same force , in which good and evil are relative , ever-changing , and always joined to the same phenomenon - such a concept is still reserved to the physical_sciences and to the few who have grasped the history of ideas .

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[ adjective ] (military) not engaged in military action

Synonyms

inactive

Used in print

(Public Papers of the Presidents of the U.S. D. D....)

If the reserve components are to serve effectively in time of war , their basic organization and objectives must conform_to the changing character and missions of the active forces .

I have requested the Secretary of Defense to reexamine the roles and missions of the reserve components in_relation_to those of the active forces and in the light of the changing requirements of modern warfare .

I strongly recommend to the Congress the avoidance of mandatory floors on the size of the reserve components so that we may have the flexibility to make adjustments in keeping with military necessity .

- About 30 % of the expenditures for the Department_of_Defense in 1961 are for military_personnel costs , including pay for active , reserve , and retired military_personnel .

These increased costs are partially offset by a decrease of $ 56 million in expenditures for the reserve forces , largely because of the planned reduction in strength of the Army_Reserve components during 1961 .

Related terms

nonoperational

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[ noun ] formality and propriety of manner

Synonyms

modesty

Used in print

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

Professionally a lawyer , that_is_to_say associated with dignity , reserve , discipline , with much that is essentially middle-class , he is compelled by an impossible love to exhibit himself dressed_up , disguised - that_is , paradoxically , revealed - as a child , and , worse , as a whore masquerading as a child .

Related terms

propriety demureness

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[ verb ] obtain or arrange in advance

Examples

: "We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

This coming weekend they have reserved the entire Stagecoach_Inn and adjoining country_club , Saledo , for festivities .

Related terms

request book_up

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[ noun ] (sport) an athlete who plays only when another member of the team drops out

Synonyms

substitute

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

The game players saw the Air_Force film Monday , ran for 30_minutes , then went in , while the reserves scrimmaged for 45 minutes .

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[ noun ] (finance,business) something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose

Synonyms

stockpile backlog

Used in print

(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)

Garden_Fresh , the result of a mating of Better_Self and Rosy_Fingered , seems to improve with each start and appeared to win the St._Patrick's_Day_Purse with some speed in reserve .

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[ verb ] arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance

Synonyms

hold book

Examples

"reserve me a seat on a flight" "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family" "please hold a table at Maxim's"

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[ noun ] (government,geography) a district that is reserved for particular purpose

Synonyms

reservation

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[ adjective ] kept in reserve especially for emergency use

Synonyms

spare

Examples

"a reserve supply of food" "a spare tire" "spare parts"

Related terms

unnecessary

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[ noun ] (medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions
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[ noun ] (military) armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency

Synonyms

military_reserve

Related terms

military reservist military

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[ noun ] the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary

Related terms

uncommunicativeness

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