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Saved for future use; set aside. Most people would be shocked if they knew how much money the government has in reserve. I'm keeping those snacks in reserve for the road trip.
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Kept back, set aside, or saved. For example, We have a fair amount of cash in reserve, or The coach decided to keep the best player in reserve until the last quarter. [Late 1600s]
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in reˈserveavailable to be used in the future or when needed: The money was being kept in reserve for their retirement. ♢ 200 police officers were held in reserve.
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Kept back, set aside, or saved.
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