Reserved Re*served" (-z?rvd"), a. 1. Kept for future or special use, or for an exigency; as, reserved troops; a reserved seat in a theater. [1913 Webster]

2. Restrained from freedom in words or actions; backward, or cautious, in communicating one's thoughts and feelings; not free or frank. [1913 Webster]

To all obliging, yet reserved to all. --Walsh. [1913 Webster]

Nothing reserved or sullen was to see. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] -- {Re*serv"ed*ly} (r?-z?rv"?d-l?), adv. -- {Re*serv"ed*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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