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  1. serve
    IPA[sərv]
  2. verb

    • 1. perform duties or services for (another person or an organization):

      Malcolm has served the church very faithfully
      Synonym : work for, be in the service of, perform duties for, be employed by, have a job with, obey, be obedient to, carry out the wishes of, be of service to, be of use to, help, give help to, assist, give assistance to, aid, lend a hand to, give a helping hand to, do a good turn to, make a contribution to, do one's bit for, do something for, benefit, minister to, succor, be a member of, work on, be on, sit on, have/hold a place on, perform duties on, carry out duties on
    • 2. provide (an area or group of people) with a product or service:

      a telecommunications company that serves southern New England
    • 3. be employed as a member of the armed forces:

      a military engineer who served with the army
    • 4. spend (a period) in office, in an apprenticeship, or in prison:

      he is serving a ten-year jail sentence
      Synonym : carry out, perform, do, fulfill, complete, discharge, spend, go through
    • 5. present (food or drink) to someone:

      they serve wine instead of beer serve white wines chilled
      Synonym : dish up/out, give out, distribute, set out, plate up, spoon out, ladle out, present, provide, supply, make available
    • 6. present (someone) with food or drink:

      Peter served them generous portions of soup I'll serve you with coffee and cake
      Synonym : act as waiter/waitress, wait, distribute food/refreshments, sling hash, sling plates
    • 7. (of food or drink) be enough for:

      the recipe serves four people
    • 8. attend to (a customer in a store):

      she turned to serve the impatient customer
      Synonym : attend to, give one's attention to, attend to the requirements of, deal with, see to, assist, help, look after, take care of
    • 9. supply (goods) to a customer.

    • 10. act as a server at the celebration of the Eucharist.

    • 11. play (a trick) on (someone):

      I remember the trick you served me
    • 12. deliver (a document such as a summons or writ) in a formal manner to the person to whom it is addressed:

      a warrant was served on Jack Sherman
    • 13. deliver a document to (someone) in a formal manner:

      they were just about to serve him with a writ
      Synonym : deliver to, present with, give to, hand over to, cause to accept
    • 14. be of use in achieving or satisfying:

      this book will serve a useful purpose the union came into existence to serve the interests of musicians
      Synonym : suffice, be adequate, be good enough, be all right, fit/fill the bill, do, answer, be useful, serve a purpose, meet requirements, suit
    • 15. be of some specified use:

      sweat serves to cool down the body the island's one pub serves as a cafe by day
      Synonym : act as, function as, fulfill the function of, do duty as, do the work of, act as a substitute for
    • 16. function for or treat (someone) in a specified way:

      the strategy served him well
      Synonym : treat, deal with, act toward, behave toward, conduct oneself toward, handle
    • 17. (of a male breeding-animal) copulate with (a female).

    • 18. (in tennis and other racket sports) hit the ball or shuttlecock to begin play:

      he tossed the ball up to serve serve the ball onto the front wall
    • 19. bind (a rope) with thin cord to protect or strengthen it.

    • 20. operate (a gun):

      before long Lodge was the only man in his section able to serve the guns

    noun

    • 1. (in tennis and other racket sports) an act or turn of hitting the ball or shuttlecock to start play:

      he was let down by an erratic serve
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: serve, 3rd person present: serves, gerund or present participle: serving, past tense: served, past participle: served

    • verb

      perform duties or services for (another person or an organization):

      provide (an area or group of people) with a product or service:

    • noun

      (in tennis and other racket sports) an act of hitting the ball or shuttlecock to start play:

      a reprimand:

    • noun

      a quantity of food suitable for or served to one person:
    • noun

      a quantity of food suitable for or served to one person:
    • win the final game of a set or match while serving
    • verb

      (in various sports) serve again.
    • (in tennis and other racket sports) win a game in which one is serving
    • noun

      a type of smooth ice cream that has been whipped or aerated in a machine, from which it is dispensed:
    • verb

      (in various sports) serve again.
    • noun

      a type of smooth ice cream that has been whipped or aerated in a machine, from which it is dispensed:
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