"reserving" in the verb sense
hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency
"they held back their applause in anticipation"
2. allow, appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve
give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
"I will earmark this money for your research"
"She sets aside time for meditation every day"
obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance
"We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"
4. reserve, hold, book
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"
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