Definitions of reserve

  1. To keep back; to retain; not to deliver, make over, or disclose.
  2. Hence, to keep in store for future or special use; to withhold from present use for another purpose or time; to keep; to retain.
  3. To make an exception of; to except.
  4. To keep back: to keep for future or other use: to retain.
  5. To keep back; retain.
  6. give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; " I will earmark this money for your research"
  7. obtain or arrange ( for oneself) in advance; " We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"
  8. hold on to
  9. To keep in store; to withhold from present use for another purpose.
  10. something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
  11. armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
  12. formality and propriety of manner
  13. a district that is reserved for particular purpose
  14. ( medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions
  15. See Army organization, above.
  16. That part of the assets of a bank or other financial institution specially kept in cash in a more or less liquid form as a reasonable provision for meeting all demands which may be made upon it;
  17. Usually, the uninvested cash kept on hand for this purpose, called the real reserve. In Great Britain the ultimate real reserve is the gold kept on hand in the Bank of England, largely represented by the notes in hand in its own banking department; and any balance which a bank has with the Bank of England is a part of its reserve. In the United States the reserve of a national bank consists of the amount of lawful money it holds on hand against deposits, which is required by law to be not less than 15 per cent ( U. S. Rev. Stat. secs. 5191, 5192), three fifths of which the banks not in a reserve city ( which see) may keep deposited as balances in national banks that are in reserve cities ( U. S. Rev. Stat. sec. 5192).
  18. The amount of funds or assets necessary for a company to have at any given time to enable it, with interest and premiums paid as they shall accure, to meet all claims on the insurance then in force as they would mature according to the particular mortality table accepted. The reserve is always reckoned as a liability, and is calculated on net premiums. It is theoretically the difference between the present value of the total insurance and the present value of the future premiums on the insurance. The reserve, being an amount for which another company could, theoretically, afford to take over the insurance, is sometimes called the reinsurance fund or the self- insurance fund. For the first year upon any policy the net premium is called the initial reserve, and the balance left at the end of the year including interest is the terminal reserve. For subsequent years the initial reserve is the net premium, if any, plus the terminal reserve of the previous year. The portion of the reserve to be absorbed from the initial reserve in any year in payment of losses is sometimes called the insurance reserve, and the terminal reserve is then called the investment reserve.
  19. In exhibitions, a distinction which indicates that the recipient will get a prize if another should be disqualified.
  20. A resist.
  21. A preparation used on an object being electroplated to fix the limits of the deposit.
  22. The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation.
  23. That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.
  24. That which is excepted; exception.
  25. Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior.
  26. 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.
  27. A body of troops 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.
  28. Funds kept on hand to meet liabilities.
  29. A tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular purpose; as, the Connecticut in Ohio, originally set apart for the school fund of Connecticut; the Clergy Reserves in Canada, for the support of the clergy.
  30. That which is kept in store for future use or for a particular purpose; a tract of land set apart for a special purpose; that which is held back; restraint in speech and manner; the keeping of one's own counsel; funds kept on hand by a bank for emergencies.
  31. That which is reserved: that which is kept for future use: in countries having great standing armies and powerful navies, a part of an army or a fleet reserved to assist those engaged in action: that which is kept back in the mind: mental concealment: absence of freedom in words or actions: caution.
  32. Something reserved; want of frankness or cordiality.
  33. Silence or reticence.
  34. That which is reserved or kept for other or future use; reservedness; modest diffidence; coldness; an exception; reservation; troops kept back in action, to give support when needed; a force to fall back upon when the regulars have failed, or are not equal to the emergency.
  35. Something kept in store for future use; in mil., a body of troops kept in the rear of an army in action to give support where required, or to meet any contingency; a laying up and keeping for a future time; reservation or exception, as a sale by auction without reserve; caution in personal behaviour; shyness.
  36. not engaged in military action
  37. kept in reserve especially for emergency use; " a reserve supply of food"; " a spare tire"; " spare parts"