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Devote vs. Reserve — What's the Difference?

Devote vs. Reserve — What's the Difference?

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Devote

Give all or most of one's time or resources to (a person or activity)
She devoted herself to fundraising
I wanted to devote more time to my family
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Reserve

To keep back, as for future use or for a special purpose
The hospital reserves certain drugs for the most serious cases.
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Devote

Invoke or pronounce a curse upon
The hostile army was devoted with dire execrations to the gods of war
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Reserve

To set or cause to be set apart for a particular person or use
Reserved a seat on the next flight out.
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Devote

To give or apply (one's time, attention, or self, for example) entirely to a particular activity, pursuit, cause, or person.
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Reserve

Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
A runner with a reserve of energy for the final lap.
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Devote

To set apart for a specific purpose or use
Land devoted to mining.
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Reserve

An amount of capital that is not invested or otherwise used in order to meet probable demands, such as withdrawals by bank depositors or claims on insurance policies.
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Devote

To give one's time, focus one's efforts, commit oneself, etc. entirely for, on, or to a certain matter
They devoted their lives to following Jesus Christ.
I devoted this afternoon to repainting my study, and nothing will get in my way.
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Reserve

Lack of enthusiasm, as from a misgiving or doubt
Supported the idea without reserve.
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Devote

To consign over; to doom
To devote one to destruction
The city was devoted to the flames.
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Reserve

Self-restraint in expression or bearing; reticence or coolness
Maintained a dignified reserve throughout the ceremony.
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Devote

To execrate; to curse
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Reserve

A reservation of public land
A forest reserve.
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Devote

(obsolete) devoted; addicted; devout
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Reserve

An amount of a mineral, fossil fuel, or other resource known to exist in a particular location and to be exploitable
The discovery of large oil reserves.
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Devote

To appropriate by vow; to set apart or dedicate by a solemn act; to consecrate; also, to consign over; to doom; to evil; to devote one to destruction; the city was devoted to the flames.
No devoted thing that a man shall devote unto the Lord . . . shall be sold or redeemed.
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Reserve

A fighting force kept uncommitted until strategic need arises.
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Devote

To execrate; to curse.
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Reserve

The part of a country's armed forces not on active duty but subject to call in an emergency.
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Devote

To give up wholly; to addict; to direct the attention of wholly or compound; to attach; - often with a reflexive pronoun; as, to devote one's self to science, to one's friends, to piety, etc.
Thy servant who is devoted to thy fear.
They devoted themselves unto all wickedness.
A leafless and simple branch . . . devoted to the purpose of climbing.
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Reserve

A member of either of these forces
The army's active reserves.
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Devote

Devoted; addicted; devout.
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Reserve

A group of players that play only as substitutes for starters in games or are kept from playing for some reason.
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Devote

A devotee.
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Reserve

One of these players.
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Devote

Give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause;
She committed herself to the work of God
Give one's talents to a good cause
Consecrate your life to the church
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Reserve

Held in or forming a reserve
A reserve supply of food.
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Devote

Dedicate;
Give thought to
Give priority to
Pay attention to
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Reserve

(behaviour) Restriction.
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Devote

Set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use;
This land was devoted to mining
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Reserve

The act of reserving or keeping back; reservation; exception.
The book is on reserve.
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Reserve

Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior.
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Reserve

That which is reserved or kept back, as for future use.
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Reserve

A natural resource known to exist but not currently exploited.
New oil reserves are continuously being discovered, but not as fast as the existing ones are running out.
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Reserve

A tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular purpose
The Connecticut Reserve in Ohio was originally set apart for the school fund of Connecticut.
The Clergy Reserves in Canada are for the support of the clergy.
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Reserve

(Canada) A tract of land set apart for the use of an Aboriginal group; Indian reserve (compare US reservation.)
Sep 25, 2022

Reserve

(military) A body of troops kept in the rear of an army drawn up for battle, reserved to support the other lines as occasion may require; a force or body of troops kept for an exigency.
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Reserve

Funds kept on hand to meet planned or unplanned financial requirements.
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Reserve

A reserve price in an auction.
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Reserve

Wine held back and aged before being sold.
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Reserve

(ceramics) Absence of color or decoration; the state of being left plain.
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Reserve

(social) Something initially kept back for later use in a recreation.
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Reserve

(sports) A member of a team who does not participate from the start of the game, but can be used to replace tired or injured team-mates.
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Reserve

(card games) A group or pile of cards dealt out at the beginning of a patience or solitaire game to be used during play.
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Reserve

In exhibitions, a distinction indicating that the recipient will get a prize in the event of another person being disqualified.
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Reserve

(calico printing) A resist.
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Reserve

A preparation used on an object being electroplated to fix the limits of the deposit.
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Reserve

To keep back; to retain.
We reserve the right to make modifications.
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Reserve

To keep in store for future or special use.
This cake is reserved for the guests!
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Reserve

To book in advance; to make a reservation.
I reserved a table for us at the best restaurant in town.
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Reserve

(obsolete) To make an exception of; to except.
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Reserve

To keep back; to retain; not to deliver, make over, or disclose.
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Reserve

Hence, to keep in store for future or special use; to withhold from present use for another purpose or time; to keep; to retain; to make a reservation{7}.
Hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble?
Reserve your kind looks and language for private hours.
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Reserve

To make an exception of; to except.
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Reserve

The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation.
However any one may concur in the general scheme, it is still with certain reserves and deviations.
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Reserve

That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.
The virgins, besides the oil in their lamps, carried likewise a reserve in some other vessel for a continual supply.
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Reserve

That which is excepted; exception.
Each has some darling lust, which pleads for a reserve.
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Reserve

Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior.
My soul, surprised, and from her sex disjoined,Left all reserve, and all the sex, behind.
The clergyman's shy and sensitive reserve had balked this scheme.
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Reserve

A tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular purpose; as, the Connecticut Reserve in Ohio, originally set apart for the school fund of Connecticut; the Clergy Reserves in Canada, for the support of the clergy.
Sep 25, 2022

Reserve

A body of troops in the rear of an army drawn up for battle, reserved to support the other lines as occasion may require; a force or body of troops kept for an exigency.
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Reserve

Funds kept on hand to meet liabilities.
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Reserve

That part of the assets of a bank or other financial institution specially kept in cash in a more or less liquid form as a reasonable provision for meeting all demands which may be made upon it;
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Reserve

In exhibitions, a distinction which indicates that the recipient will get a prize if another should be disqualified.
Sep 25, 2022

Reserve

A resist.
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Reserve

A preparation used on an object being electroplated to fix the limits of the deposit.
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Reserve

Formality and propriety of manner
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Reserve

Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
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Reserve

An athlete who plays only when another member of the team drops out
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Reserve

(medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions
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Reserve

A district that is reserved for particular purpose
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Reserve

Armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
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Reserve

The trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
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Reserve

Hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency;
They held back their applause in anticipation
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Reserve

Give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause;
I will earmark this money for your research
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Reserve

Obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance;
We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's
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Reserve

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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Reserve

Not engaged in military action
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Reserve

Kept in reserve especially for emergency use;
A reserve supply of food
A spare tire
Spare parts
Sep 25, 2022

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