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Definitions of serve

  1. To be a servant or slave; to be employed in labour or other business for another; to be in subjection; to perform domestic offices or public duties; to accomplish an end; to suit; to conduce; to officiate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To be subordinate to; to act a secondary part under; to appear as the inferior of; to minister to. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To be suitor to; to profess love to. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To contribute or conduce to; to promote; to be sufficient for; to satisfy; as, to serve one's turn. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To answer or be (in the place of something) to; as, a sofa serves one for a seat and a couch. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To treat; to behave one's self to; to requite; to act toward; as, he served me very ill. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To bring to notice, deliver, or execute, either actually or constructively, in such manner as the law requires; as, to serve a summons. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To pass or spend, as time, esp. time of punishment; as, to serve a term in prison. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To copulate with; to cover; as, a horse serves a mare; - said of the male. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To work for; yield obedience to; worship; put on the table and distribute, as food; attend or wait on; as, the clerk served the customer courteously; be of use to; as, his wits will always serve him in an emergency; be enough for; as, this amount will serve my purpose; to treat; as, the Germans served their prisoners ill; to deliver, as a legal writ or summons; to undergo, as a term of apprenticeship, imprisonment, etc.; to supply; as, a farmer serves us with fresh eggs and vegetables; in tennis, to make the first stroke on (the ball). The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To work for: to be in the employment of: to obey: to be subservient or subordinate to: to wait upon at table, etc.: to do duty for: to treat. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To work for; obey; wait upon; supply with food; perform the duties of; suffice for; treat. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To content; satisfy; requite. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To conduct; manipulate; handle; wait on. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. To work; to operate; as, to serve the guns. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To perform domestic offices; to be occupied with household affairs; to prepare and dish up food, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To be of use; to answer a purpose; to suffice; to suit; to be convenient or favorable. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To lead off in delivering the ball. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To be employed in labor for another; suit or be convenient; discharge the duties of an office or employment; be sufficient: with for; as, this will serve for an excuse. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. To be a servant to: to work for and obey: to discharge the duties of an office: to attend or wait: to be sufficient: to suit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. To attend on, or work for, another; to be of service. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. deliver a warrant or summons to someone; "He was processed by the sheriff" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. put the ball into play; as in games like tennis; "It was Agassi's turn to serve" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  33. mate with; "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  34. do military service; "She served in Vietnam"; "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  35. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  36. contribute or conduce to; "The scandal served to increase his popularity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  37. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  38. (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  39. put the ball into play; "It was Agassi's turn to serve" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  40. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. To act as a servant or under authority. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. To be of service; be sufficient. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. To work for; to perform official duties to; to wait on; to submit to; to obey; to be subservient to; to promote; to be sufficient for; to requite; to manage; to assist; to render homage or obedience and worship. To serve up, to prepare and present in a dish. To serve out, to distribute in portions. To serve a writ, to read it to the defendant. To serve an attachment, to levy it on the person or goods by seizure. To serve an execution, to levy it on lands, goods, or person. To serve a warrant, to seize the person against whom it is issued. To serve an office, to discharge a public duty. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  44. To work for; to perform duties, as an officer in the army or navy; to assist; to attend at command; to yield obedience to; to supply with anything; to suffice for; to stand in place of something else; to officiate or minister; to be a servant or slave; to be subordinate to anything; to treat or requite, in an ill sense; to worship God; to present a writ; to attend or wait; to suit or be convenient. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  45. a stroke (in tennis or badminton or squash) that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  46. Server. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for serve

  1. No, they'll serve to make thy peace with him. – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
  2. Plaerdemavida answered: " Tell my lady that she can't force me to serve her. – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
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