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  1. serv·ice
    IPA[ˈsərvəs]
  2. noun

    • 1. the action of helping or doing work for someone:

      millions are involved in voluntary service
      Synonym : act of assistance, good turn, favor, kindness, helping hand, assistance, help, aid, offices, ministrations
    • 2. an act of assistance:

      he has done us a great service he volunteered his services as a driver
      Synonym : act of assistance, good turn, favor, kindness, helping hand, assistance, help, aid, offices, ministrations
    • 3. assistance or advice given to customers during and after the sale of goods:

      they aim to provide better quality of service
    • 4. the action or process of serving food and drinks to customers:

      they complained of poor bar service
      Synonym : waiting, waitressing, waiting at table, serving of food and drink, attendance, serving
    • 5. short for service charge

    • 6. a period of employment with a company or organization:

      he retired after 40 years' service
      Synonym : work, employment, employ, labor, performance of one's duties
    • 7. employment as a servant:

      the pitifully low wages gained from domestic service
    • 8. the use which can be made of a machine:

      the computer should provide good service for years
      Synonym : use, usage
    • 9. a system supplying a public need such as transport, communications, or utilities such as electricity and water:

      a regular bus service
    • 10. a public department or organization run by the government:

      the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • 11. the armed forces:

      service personnel troops from all branches of the services
      Synonym : armed forces, armed services, forces, military, army, navy, air force, marines
    • 12. an area with parking beside a major road supplying gasoline, refreshments, and other amenities to motorists.

    • 13. a ceremony of religious worship according to a prescribed form; the prescribed form for such a ceremony:

      a funeral service
    • 14. a periodic routine inspection and maintenance of a vehicle or other machine:

      he took his car in for service they phoned for service on their air conditioning
      Synonym : overhaul, servicing, maintenance check, routine check, check
    • 15. a set of matching dishes and utensils used for serving a particular meal:

      a dinner service
    • 16. (in tennis and other racket sports) the action or right of serving to begin play.

    • 17. a serve.

    • 18. the formal delivery of a document such as a writ or summons.

    verb

    • 1. perform routine maintenance or repair work on (a vehicle or machine):

      have your car serviced regularly
      Synonym : overhaul, servicing, maintenance check, routine check, check
    • 2. supply and maintain systems for public utilities and transportation and communications in (an area):

      the town is small but well serviced
    • 3. perform a service or services for (someone):

      the state's biggest health maintenance organization servicing the poor
    • 4. pay interest on (a debt):

      taxpayers are paying $250 million just to service that debt
    • 5. (of a male animal) mate with (a female animal):

      one dog could presumably service several bitches in a day
    • 6. have sexual intercourse with or give sexual gratification to (someone).

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: service, plural noun: services

    • v.: verb: service, 3rd person present: services, gerund or present participle: servicing, past tense: serviced, past participle: serviced

    • noun

      the action of helping or doing work for someone:

      an act of assistance:

    • verb

      perform routine maintenance or repair work on (a vehicle or machine):

      supply and maintain systems for public utilities and transport and communications in (an area):

    • noun

      government services provided for the benefit of the community, such as education, medical care, and housing:

      activity aiming to promote the welfare of others:

    • noun

      voluntary work intended to help people in a particular area:

      unpaid work, intended to be of social use, that an offender is required to do instead of going to prison:

    • noun

      a government department concerned with espionage.

      (in the US) a branch of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for providing protection to the president and investigating certain types of financial crime.

    • noun

      the government department concerned with the representation of a country abroad.

      a division of the US State Department staffed by diplomatic and consular personnel.

    • adjective

      denoting a store, restaurant, or service station where customers select goods for themselves or service their car for themselves and pay a cashier:
    • noun

      the system whereby customers select goods for themselves or service their car for themselves and pay a cashier:
    • noun

      (in tennis and other racket sports) a game in which a particular player serves.

      a player's skill or style in serving.

    • noun

      (in tennis, badminton, and other sports) a line on a court marking the limit of the area into which the ball must be served.

      (especially in handball and paddleball) a line on a court marking the boundary of the area in which the server must be standing when serving.

    • noun

      a roadside area where services are available to motorists.

      the area covered by the signal of a broadcasting station.

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