Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of reserving; a keeping back or withholding.
  • n. Something that is kept back or withheld.
  • n. A limiting qualification, condition, or exception: has reservations about the proposal.
  • n. A tract of land set apart by the federal government for a special purpose, especially one for the use of a Native American people.
  • n. An arrangement by which accommodations are secured in advance, as in a hotel or on an airplane.
  • n. The accommodations so secured.
  • n. The record or promise of such an arrangement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of reserving, withholding or keeping back.
  • n. Something that is withheld or kept back.
  • n. A limiting qualification (often used in the plural).
  • n. A tract of land set apart by the US government for the use of a Native American people; Indian reservation (compare Canadian reserve).
  • n. An arrangement by which accommodation or transport arrangements are secured in advance.
  • n. the area which separates opposing lanes of traffic on a divided motorway.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of reserving, or keeping back; concealment, or withholding from disclosure; reserve.
  • n. Something withheld, either not expressed or disclosed, or not given up or brought forward.
  • n. A tract of the public land reserved for some special use, as for schools, for the use of Indians, etc.
  • n. The state of being reserved, or kept in store.
  • n.
  • n. A clause in an instrument by which some new thing is reserved out of the thing granted, and not in esse before.
  • n. A proviso.
  • n.
  • n. The portion of the sacramental elements reserved for purposes of devotion and for the communion of the absent and sick.
  • n. A term of canon law, which signifies that the pope reserves to himself appointment to certain benefices.
  • n. an agreement to have some space, service or other acommodation, as at a hotel, a restaurant, or on a public transport system, held for one's future use; also, the record or receipt for such an agreement, or the contractual obligation to retain that accommodation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of reserving or keeping back; reserve; concealment or withholding from disclosure.
  • n. Something withheld, either not expressed or disclosed, or not given up or brought forward.
  • n. In the United States, a traet of the public land reserved for some special use, as for schools, the use of Indians, etc.: as, the Crow reservation. Also reserve.
  • n. The state of being treasured up or kept in store; custody; safe keeping.
  • n. In law:
  • n. An express withholding of certain rights the surrender of which would otherwise follow or might be inferred from one's act (Mackeldey); a clause or part of an instrument by which something is reserved.
  • n. Technically, in the law of conveyancing, a clause by which the grantor of real property reserves to himself, or himself and his successors in interest, some new thing to issue out of the thing granted, as distinguished from excepting a part of the thing itself.
  • n. The right created by such a clause.
  • n. Eccles.:
  • n. The act or practice of retaining or preserving part of the consecrated eucharistic elements or species, especially that of bread, unconsumed for a shorter or longer period after the celebration of the sacrament.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, the act of the Pope in reserving to himself the right to nominate to certain benefices.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a district that is reserved for particular purpose
  • n. the written record or promise of an arrangement by which accommodations are secured in advance
  • n. an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly
  • n. something reserved in advance (as a hotel accommodation or a seat on a plane etc.)
  • n. a statement that limits or restricts some claim
  • n. the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of (a person or group)
  • n. the act of keeping back or setting aside for some future occasion

Etymologies

From Middle French reservation. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Back in the airport, we find out that the person who made the reservation made it for a day earlier, so the reservation is automatically canceled.

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  • The problem here in most popular places in the high season a reservation is a must.

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  • While I was waiting I spoke to a mulatto and asked him if he was acquainted in Canada, and what they called the reservation back of Windsor, three or four miles.

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  • Canada, and what they called the reservation back of Windsor, three or four miles.

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  • The few surviving "indians" tribes were driven from their ancesters'lands into concentration camps which you called reservation human right american style Report Abuse Yuan Mu, chinese spam or Yahoo spin now shows up in the comment blog of chinese popular demonstration.

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  • The person then makes the deposit to the hotel's bank account, faxes the deposit slip to the hotel, and bingo: the reservation is confirmed.

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  • The commission said it suspects GDF broke European antitrust law by preventing competition within downstream supply markets for natural gas in France through "a combination of long-term reservation of transport capacity and a network of import agreements, as well as through underinvestment in import infrastructure capacity."

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  • Armed with more than enough knowledge of the hotel market in Tampa, I called the reservation number at the hotel.

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  • So along with the woes of short-term reservation trends, which have consistently dropped from month to month for the past year, there's a more fundamental question for the mountain resort industry, said travel expert Ralf Garrison, who will moderate a panel of industry leaders today at the Mountain Travel Symposium.

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  • This is Berkeley, California, with some of the most progressive affirmative action [what in India we call reservation] policies, and so many, many of them are also Asian American and Latino.

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