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

  • n. Something, such as land or a certain percentage of profits, that is set aside for a specific purpose.
  • n. A federal program requiring that a certain percentage of government funds and contracts be reserved for businesses owned by women and members of minority groups.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. something that is set aside for a specific purpose
  • n. land that has been taken out of agricultural production to reduce crop surpluses
  • adj. that has or have been set aside
  • adj. taken out of agricultural production
  • adj. reserved or booked in advance

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

  • adj. reserved in advance


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  • "A program requiring a percentage of opportunities (as for jobs or funding) to be reserved for an underrepresented group" --Merriam-Webster Unabridged

    March 16, 2009