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Definition: Reserves


Quick Summary of Reserves

The claim which owners have on the assets of a company because the company has created new wealth for them over the period since it began.

What is the dictionary definition of Reserves?

Dictionary Definition

  1. behaviour Restriction.
  2. That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.
  3. social Something initially kept back for later use in a recreation.

Full Definition of Reserves

Reserves can mean a few different things in money & finance. Most prominently, (1) reserves can refer to money held back by a business in its financial statements to pay costs it thinks it will later incur, and (2) reserves in the oil & gas industry can refer to the amount of known or proven oil owned and maintained by a corporation.

Synonyms For Reserves

reserve, retains, reservations, pool, spares

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Reserves. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd.
November 29, 2023
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Reserves. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: November 29, 2023).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Reserves. Retrieved November 29, 2023
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Reserves are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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