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verb reserve pronunciation in British English /rɪˈzɜː(r)v/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereserving
past tensereserved
past participlereserved
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to keep something so that you can use it when you need to
    Strain the fruit, reserving the juice.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to keep something for a particular person, purpose, or situation
    reserve something for someone/something: This section of the car park is reserved for visitors.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to make an arrangement so that something such as a room in a hotel or a seat in a theatre is kept for you to use later
    Saturdays are busy, so it’s a good idea to reserve a table in advance.
  4. 4
    [transitive] not to make a decision or judgment until you have more information
    I’ll reserve my judgment until I’ve looked at the details of the proposal.



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