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right

  
[3]     ( rights    plural  )   (ENTITLEMENT)  
1       n-plural   Your rights are what you are morally or legally entitled to do or to have.  
usu poss N  
They don't know their rights..., You must stand up for your rights.     
2       n-sing   If you have a rightto do or to have something, you are morally or legally entitled to do it or to have it.  
usu N to-inf  
...a woman's right to choose...     
3       n-plural   If someone has the rightsto a story or book, they are legally allowed to publish it or reproduce it in another form, and nobody else can do so without their permission.  
the N, usu with supp  
An agent bought the rights to his life..., He'd tried to buy the film rights of all George Bernard Shaw's plays.     
4    If something is not the case but you think that it should be, you can say that by rights it should be the case.  
by rights      phrase   PHR with cl  
She did work which by rights should be done by someone else.     
5    If someone is a successful or respected person in their own right, they are successful or respected because of their own efforts and talents rather than those of the people they are closely connected with.  
in one's own right      phrase   usu n adj PHR  
Although now a celebrity in her own right, actress Lynn Redgrave knows the difficulties of living in the shadow of her famous older sister...     
6    If you say that you reserve the rightto do something, you mean that you will do it if you feel that it is necessary.  
reserve the right             phrase   V inflects, PHR to-inf  
He reserved the right to change his mind...     
7    If you say that someone is within their rightsto do something, you mean that they are morally or legally entitled to do it.  
within one's rights      phrase   usu v-link PHR   (=justified)  
You were quite within your rights to refuse to co-operate with him.     
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reserve     ( reserves    plural & 3rd person present)   ( reserving    present participle)   ( reserved    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something is reservedfor a particular person or purpose, it is kept specially for that person or purpose.  
usu passive   (=set aside)  
A double room with a balcony overlooking the sea had been reserved for him...      be V-ed for n  
2       verb   If you reserve something such as a table, ticket, or magazine, you arrange for it to be kept specially for you, rather than sold or given to someone else.  
I'll reserve a table for five...      V n  
3       n-count   A reserve is a supply of something that is available for use when it is needed.  
usu with supp  
The Gulf has 65 per cent of the world's oil reserves...     
4       n-count   In sports, a reserve is someone who is available to play as part of a team if one of the members is ill or cannot play.  
  (mainly BRIT)   (=substitute)  
He ended up as a reserve, but still qualified for a team gold medal.     
in AM, use substitute     
5       n-count   A nature reserve is an area of land where the animals, birds, and plants are officially protected.  
usu supp N  
Marine biologists are calling for Cardigan Bay to be created a marine nature reserve to protect the dolphins.     
6       n-uncount   If someone shows reserve, they keep their feelings hidden.  
His natural reserve made him appear self-conscious.     
7    If you have something in reserve, you have it available for use when it is needed.  
in reserve      phrase   PHR after v  
...the bottle of whisky that he kept in reserve...     
8   
    to reserve judgment  
    judgment  
    to reserve the right  
    right  


game reserve        ( game reserves    plural  ) A game reserve is a large area of land, especially in Africa, where wild animals can live safely.      n-count   (=game park)  
reserve price        ( reserve prices    plural  ) A reserve price is the lowest price which is acceptable to the owner of property being auctioned or sold.  
  (BRIT, BUSINESS)      n-count  

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reserve

  

      vb  
1    conserve, hang on to, hoard, hold, husband, keep, keep back, lay up, preserve, put by, retain, save, set aside, stockpile, store, withhold  
2    bespeak, book, engage, prearrange, pre-engage, retain, secure  
3    defer, delay, keep back, postpone, put off, withhold  
      n  
4    backlog, cache, capital, fall-back, fund, hoard, reservoir, savings, stock, stockpile, store, supply  
5    park, preserve, reservation, sanctuary, tract  
6    aloofness, constraint, coolness, formality, modesty, reluctance, reservation, restraint, reticence, secretiveness, shyness, silence, taciturnity  
      adj  
7    alternate, auxiliary, extra, fall-back, secondary, spare, substitute  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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id.
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
v.
be exactly right
[Fam.] Ex.: Her guess was right on the money.
adj.
all right; runing smoothly
[Slang];[UK] Everything is tickety-boo with building our new house; soon we will move in.
adj.
all right; good, OK, satisfactory
informal
exp.
not right; out of order; not functioning properly
adv.
very quickly; right now; in a big hurry
[UK][Slang] You should get out quick sticks if you don't want him to see you.
n.
legal exclusive right of a person in pure virtual property which he can dispose of with its free will.
[Tech.];[Leg.]
exp.
The rights of ownership and power for transference of one’s web assets belong to the individual.
[Tech.]
n.
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n.
The state of being acceptable or officially true; the statement that is powerful to convince someone something is right.
n.
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
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n.
right granted to a general assembly to give an opinion on the salaries and bonuses of top managers
[Bus.]
exp.
A set of virtual assets or value in cyberspace left behind after one’s death fall on legal successors as right.
[Tech.]
n.
rules concerning what people are owed to or allowed of, according to ethical principles of freedom and applied in society
n.
an activist fighting for civil rights
n.
proprietary rights over virtual assets
[Tech.]
n.
(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)
exp.
A set of collection of one’s internet assets or value gathered in order to assist transfer of online rights.
[Tech.]
n.
UNO, United Nations, UN. abbr. The United Nations is an international organization whose stated aims include promoting and facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, ... UN.org en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UN

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