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  1. [noun] formality and propriety of manner
    Synonyms: modesty

  2. [noun] something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
    Synonyms: backlog, stockpile

  3. [noun] an athlete who plays only when another member of the team drops out
    Synonyms: substitute

  4. [noun] (medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions

  5. [noun] a district that is reserved for particular purpose
    Synonyms: reservation

  6. [noun] armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
    Synonyms: military

  7. [noun] the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
    Synonyms: reticence, taciturnity

  8. [verb] hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency; "they held back their applause in anticipation"

  9. [verb] give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"
    Synonyms: allow, appropriate, earmark, set aside

  10. [verb] obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance; "We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"

  11. [verb] arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"
    Synonyms: hold, book

  12. [adjective] not engaged in military action
    Synonyms: inactive

  13. [adjective] kept in reserve especially for emergency use; "a reserve supply of food"; "a spare tire"; "spare parts"
    Synonyms: spare


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