reserve


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to reserve: military reserve, dictionary

hold (something) in reserve

To save something or set it aside for future use. Most people would be shocked if they knew how much money the government holds in reserve. I'm holding those snacks in reserve for the road trip.
See also: hold, reserve

in reserve

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.
See also: reserve

keep (something) in reserve

To save something or set it aside for future use. Most people would be shocked if they knew how much money the government keeps in reserve. I'm keeping those snacks in reserve for the road trip.
See also: keep, reserve

reserve (something) for (someone or something)

1. To set aside, keep back, or save something for someone, something, or some future point or event. You should always reserve some of your income for an emergency. Sorry, I'm reserving this seat for a friend. Be sure to reserve a cup of the pasta's cooking water for your sauce.
2. To instruct or request for something to be set aside for someone, something, or some future point or event. I reserved a table for us at the restaurant tonight. We reserved the conference room for our meeting. I've reserved the bikes for the next three days.
See also: reserve

without reserve

Readily or candidly. Once the music starts at the reception, get your camera ready because Aunt Millie will be dancing without reserve! Thank you for speaking without reserve—that kind of honest feedback is exactly what we're looking for.
See also: reserve, without
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hold someone or something in reserve and keep someone or something in reserve

Fig. to hold back someone or something for future needs. I am holding the frozen desserts in reserve, in case we run out of cake. We are holding Sharon in reserve. Keep a few good players in reserve.
See also: and, hold, keep, reserve

reserve something for someone or something

to save or set aside something for someone or something. I am reserving this seat for Claire. We are reserving some of the cake for tomorrow.
See also: reserve
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in reserve

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]
See also: reserve
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in reˈserve

available 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.
See also: reserve
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

in reserve

Kept back, set aside, or saved.
See also: reserve
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
The stock of required reserves has been stable since late 2008, while the stock of excess reserves has increased drastically.
The increased demand for reserve assets has been matched by the Fed's willingness to supply them.
An expected outcome from paying interest on excess reserves was that the rate paid on these reserves would set a so-called floor under the federal funds market--in other words, federal funds would not trade for less than the interest paid on excess reserves.
Many reserve officers handle administrative functions.
Reserve participation in the American defense effort began before the United States entered World War II in December 1941.
Matthew Simmons claims to have found that the Saudis are greatly exaggerating the size of their reserves. If true, this is bad news, because the Saudis have more than 30 percent of the world's reserves and have served as the world's supplier of last resort for a couple of decades.
Marine reserves are seen as very controversial, but that's from the perspective of a fisherman.
When the reserves are reduced and debited, expect Cash to be the credit entry.
At about the same time, 800 members of the 98th Army Reserve Division in Rochester, New York, learned that they were assigned to a year-long tour in Iraq beginning in November.
And even Rumsfeld has adapted: His plans now call for the Army to shift major peacekeeping assignments--chiefly civil affairs, engineer, and military police units--from reserve to active-duty units.
dollar is "'overvalued" and "overrated," on January 4, 2002, described the precise circumstances under which the dollar would be dethroned from its status as the world's international reserve currency.
Any breed (first day):champion, Karen Jones,Evesham;reserve,Huw D Gruffydd,Llandderfel,Bala; Supremechampion (first day):champion, Davies and Palethorpe, Morfa Nefyn (Charolais); reserve,Evan Evans,Gwalchmai (Beltex); Border Leicester:champion, Olwen Hughes-Owen,Llannerchymedd; reserve, Glynllifon Border, Caernarfon.
OTTAWA -- Aboriginal people living off reserve are more likely to experience poor health than their non-aboriginal neighbours, Statistics Canada reports.