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RESERVE, verb transitive rezerv'. [Latin reservo; re and servo, to keep.]

1. To keep in store for future or other use; to withhold from present use for another purpose. The farmer sells his corn, reserving only what is necessary for his family.

Hast thou seen the treasures of hail, which I have reserved against the day of trouble? Job 38:23.

2. To keep; to hold; to retain.

Will he reserve his anger for ever? Jeremiah 3:5.

3. To lay up and keep for a future time. 2 Peter 2:9.

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RESERVE, noun rezerv'.

1. That which is kept for other or future use; that which is retained from present use or disposal.

The virgins, besides the oil in their lamps, carried likewise a reserve in some other vessel for a continual supply.

2. Something in the mind withheld from disclosure.

However any one may concur in the general scheme, it is still with certain reserves and deviations.

3. Exception; something withheld.

Is knowledge so despis'd? or envy, or what reserve forbids to taste?

4. Exception in favor.

Each has some darling lust, which pleads for a reserve

5. Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior. reserve may proceed from modesty, bashfulness, prudence, prudery or sullenness.

My soul surpris'd, and from her sex disjoin'd, left all reserve and all the sex behind.

6. In law, reservation.

In reserve in store; in keeping for other or future use. He has large quantities of wheat in reserve He has evidence or arguments in reserve

Body of reserve in military affairs, the third or last line of an army drawn up for battle, reserved to sustain the other lines as occasion may require; a body of troops kept for an exigency.