serve n : (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game" [syn: service]
1 serve a purpose, role, or function; "The tree stump serves as a table"; "The female students served as a control group"; "This table would serve very well"; "His freedom served him well"; "The table functions as a desk" [syn: function]
2 do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function; "He served as head of the department for three years"; "She served in Congress for two terms"
3 contribute or conduce to; "The scandal served to increase his popularity"
4 be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses" [syn: service]
5 help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself" [syn: help]
6 provide (usually but not necessarily food); "We serve meals for the homeless"; "She dished out the soup at 8 P.M."; "The entertainers served up a lively show" [syn: serve up, dish out, dish up, dish]
7 devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas; "She served the art of music"; "He served the church"; "serve the country"
8 promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to; "Art serves commerce"; "Their interests are served"; "The lake serves recreation"; "The President's wisdom has served the counrty well" [syn: serve well]
9 spend time in prison or in a labor camp; "He did six years for embezzlement" [syn: do]
10 work for or be a servant to; "May I serve you?"; "She attends the old lady in the wheelchair"; "Can you wait on our table, please?"; "Is a salesperson assisting you?"; "The minister served the King for many years" [syn: attend to, wait on, attend, assist]
11 deliver a warrant or summons to someone; "He was processed by the sheriff" [syn: process, swear out]
12 be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve" [syn: suffice, do, answer]
13 do military service; "She served in Vietnam"; "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted"
14 mate with; "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes" [syn: service]
15 put the ball into play; "It was Agassi's turn to serve"
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)v
sports: act of putting the ball or shuttlecock in play
US: portion of food
- See serving
- To work for; to labor in behalf of; to exert one's self continuously or statedly for the benefit of; to do service for; to be in the employment of, as an inferior, domestic, serf, slave, hired assistant, official helper, etc.; specifically, in a religious sense, to obey and worship.
- To be subordinate to; to act a secondary part under; to appear as the inferior of; to minister to.
- To be suitor to; to profess love to.
- To wait upon; to supply the wants of; to attend; specifically, to wait upon at table; to attend at meals; to supply with food; as, to serve customers in a shop.
- Hence, to bring forward, arrange, deal, or distribute, as a portion of anything, especially of food prepared for eating; -- often with up; formerly with in.
- To perform the duties belonging to, or required in or for; hence, to be of use to; as, a curate may serve two churches; to serve one's country.
- To contribute or conduce to; to promote; to be sufficient for; to satisfy; as, to serve one's turn.
- To answer or be (in the place of something) to; as, a sofa serves one for a seat and a couch.
- To treat; to behave one's self to; to requite; to act toward; as, he served me very ill.
- To work; to operate; as, to serve the guns.
- To bring to notice, deliver, or execute, either actually or constructively, in such manner as the law requires; as, to serve a summons.
- To make legal service opon (a person named in a writ, summons, etc.); as, to serve a witness with a subpoena.
- To pass or spend, as time, esp. time of punishment; as, to serve a term in prison.
- To copulate with; to cover; as, a horse serves a mare; -- said of the male.
- (tennis): To lead off in delivering (the ball).
- To wind spun yarn, or the like, tightly around (a rope or cable, etc.) so as to protect it from chafing or from the weather. See under Serving.
- To be a servant or a slave; to be employed in labor or other business for another; to be in subjection or bondage; to render menial service.
- To perform domestic offices; to be occupied with household affairs; to prepare and dish up food, etc.
- To be in service; to do duty; to discharge the requirements of an office or employment. Specifically, to act in the public service, as a soldier, seaman. etc.
- To be of use; to answer a purpose; to suffice; to suit; to be convenient or favorable.
to be subordinate to
- Swedish: tjäna
to be suitor to
- Swedish: uppvakta
to attend, supply the wants of
- Finnish: tarjoilla
to perform duties
- Swedish: tjäna
to contribute, promote
to answer or be (in the place of something) to
to treat; to behave one's self to
to work; to operate; as, to serve the guns
to bring to notice, deliver, or execute, either actually or constructively
to make legal service
to spend time of punishment
- Swedish: avtjäna
- Swedish: betäcka (especially of animals)
to wind spun yarn
to perform domestic offices
to be in service
to be of use
- first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of servir
- Plural of serva
Serve may refer to:
- Serve (tennis)
- Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment
- Providing a non-material good, as in the work of a servant
- Supplying customers with food and drink, as in the work of a food server
- Delivering a legal or administrative summons
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