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noun reserve pronunciation in American English /rɪˈzɜrv/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] a supply of something that a country or an organization can use when they need to
    Germany’s coal reserves were concentrated in a few large fields.
    The company has steadily drained its cash reserves.
    the national bank’s foreign exchange reserves
    1. a.
      a supply of something that someone has and can use when they need to
      We all have reserves of strength that we don’t realize we have.
  2. 4
    [uncountable] the attitude or behavior of someone who tends not to talk about or show their feelings
    1. a.
      a feeling of doubt about whether something is good or right
      There was a certain reserve in Josie’s eyes, but in the end she agreed.
      without reserve: They have accepted the report’s recommendations without reserve.
  3. 6
    [countable] a reserve price


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