reserve - definition and synonyms


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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.

    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. 2
    [countable] a player who has not been chosen to play in a particular match but who is available to play if needed

    a reserve goalkeeper

    1. a.

      the reserves

      [plural] a team consisting of players who have not been chosen to play for the main team
  3. 3
    [countable] a soldier or a group of soldiers who are not fighting but who are available to fight
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the attitude or behaviour 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.

  5. 5
    [countable] British an area of land where wild animals or plants are officially protected
  6. 6
    [countable] a reserve price
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