Translation of reserve in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /rɪˈzɜːrv; rɪˈzɜːv/


  • 1 countable/numerable (stock) reserva (feminine) gold/oil reserves reservas de oro/petróleo I'm keeping this money in reserve for emergencies este dinero lo tengo reservado or de reserva para cualquier emergencia (before noun/delante del nombre) reserve gas o (British English/inglés británico) petrol tank tanque (masculine) or depósito (masculine) (de gasolina) de reserva
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    • The government used to prop up prices by paying farmers to keep land fallow, setting floor prices for some commodities and building stock reserves.
    • If there is a serious disruption in supply, then those reserves will be tapped.
    • He says that while Australia has significant gas reserves, supplies from overseas will be needed in the future.
  • 3
    (reserves plural)
    3.1 [Military/Militar] reservas (feminine plural) 3.2 (British English/inglés británico) [Sport/Deporte] reserva (feminine)
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    • Presently, the reserve team has 11 players under age 21 including seven high school players.
    • It also makes sure the reserve team isn't over-burdened with senior players keeping youngsters out.
    • He progressed to the reserve team and has played senior rugby with the club for the past four seasons.
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    • You have to knuckle down and get on with it, as there were times when I would be the most senior professional playing in the reserves after travelling with the first team and not being involved.
    • Whilst I have been patient during the last two years it has become very repetitive playing in the reserves and I needed to play to prove to myself that I was capable of performing at that level.
    • Only a fool would put a player of his quality in the reserves for two seasons and his manager is no fool.
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    • During the war it housed the reserve troops who would protect the government from invading forces.
    • Those additional officers were provided from the force reserve which is available to ensure we have sufficient organisational flexibility to meet operational demands.
    • He then voluntarily developed and trained a reserve force of assorted Army troops trapped with the Marines.
  • 5 uncountable/no numerable 5.1 (self-restraint) reserva (feminine), cautela (feminine) 5.2 (qualification) without reserve sin reserva
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    • Due to the after-effects of sun and a bottle of Sancerre, my usual British reserve was sadly lacking.
    • However, his plans may be derailed by a combination of intrinsically British factors: natural reserve and a reluctance to get up early in the morning.
    • Only Mrs. Martin and her two daughters were present, and just when their caution and reserve were starting to melt, it was time to leave.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (book) [room/seat/table] reservar 1.2 (keep, save) to reserve sth (for sth) reservar or guardar algo (para algo) to reserve (one's) judgment reservarse la opinión the company reserves the right to change … la compañía se reserva el derecho de cambiar … all rights reserved reservados todos los derechos

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.