Definition of reserved in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈzəːvd/


1Slow to reveal emotion or opinions: he is a reserved, almost taciturn man
More example sentences
  • Kelly told me that, while she was growing up, her father was quiet, distant, and emotionally reserved.
  • For the second time in three days the usually reserved swimmer showed overwhelming emotion in the pool.
  • Despite this she managed a calm smile revealing a reserved and complacent demeanor.
reticent, self-restrained, restrained, quiet, private, self-contained;
uncommunicative, unforthcoming, undemonstrative, unsociable, formal, constrained, cool, aloof, stand-offish, detached, distant, remote, unapproachable, unfriendly, withdrawn, guarded, secretive, media-shy, close, silent, taciturn, close-mouthed;
shy, retiring, diffident, timid, demure, self-effacing, shrinking, inhibited, introverted;
unemotional, cold, chilly, frigid
archaic retired
rare Olympian
2Kept specially for a particular person: a reserved seat
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  • We have recently improved the ladies toilets after one fan contacted me and we have even changed the reserved stickers on seats after one fan told me they look scruffy.
  • Customers can make use of a reserved parking lot provided close to the toilet and ATM, wheel chair, ramps, railings in the toilet and low-level closets.
  • When the syrup has cooled, mix it with the fruit purée, reserved seeds and lemon juice.
booked, taken, spoken for, prearranged;
chartered, hired
dated engaged
rare bespoken



Pronunciation: /rɪˈzəːvɪdli/
Example sentences
  • These days, it's sipped more reservedly as a dessert liqueur - the experts say only muscat, with its sweet, nutty power, can stand up to chocolate and coffee.
  • He waited politely and reservedly for me to ask questions.
  • Today, he somewhat reservedly refers to the appointment as ‘controversial’.


Example sentences
  • Bringing up the subject of his infidelity would violate norms of reservedness and submissiveness.
  • Do people mistake your reservedness for aloofness?
  • I'm going to start off this blog by exploring my personal "reservedness" and how it fits in with my chosen business: property development and investment.

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