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  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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
  3. spend time in prison or in a labor camp; "He did six years for embezzlement" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. deliver a warrant or summons to someone; "He was processed by the sheriff" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a stroke (in tennis or badminton or squash) that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. put the ball into play; as in games like tennis; "It was Agassi's turn to serve" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. mate with; "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. do military service; "She served in Vietnam"; "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. contribute or conduce to; "The scandal served to increase his popularity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. 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
  15. be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. put the ball into play; "It was Agassi's turn to serve" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  20. To be subordinate to; to act a secondary part under; to appear as the inferior of; to minister to. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To be suitor to; to profess love to. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. To contribute or conduce to; to promote; to be sufficient for; to satisfy; as, to serve one's turn. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To answer or be (in the place of something) to; as, a sofa serves one for a seat and a couch. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To treat; to behave one's self to; to requite; to act toward; as, he served me very ill. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. 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
  28. To pass or spend, as time, esp. time of punishment; as, to serve a term in prison. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. To perform domestic offices; to be occupied with household affairs; to prepare and dish up food, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. 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
  33. To be of use; to answer a purpose; to suffice; to suit; to be convenient or favorable. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To lead off in delivering the ball. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. 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
  36. To make legal service opon (a person named in a writ, summons, etc.); as, to serve a witness with a subpna. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To copulate with; to cover; as, a horse serves a mare; - said of the male. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. To attend on, or work for, another; to be of service. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  43. 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.
  44. To be in the employment of; work for; be of use to; aid. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  45. To content; satisfy; requite. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. To conduct; manipulate; handle; wait on. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  47. To act as a servant or under authority. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  48. To be of service; be sufficient. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. Server. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. To work; to operate; as, to serve the guns. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. 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.
  54. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  55. To make legal service opon a person named in a writ, summons, etc.; as, to serve a witness with a subp/na. mso.anu.edu.au
  56. To copulate with; to cover; as, a horse serves a mare; -- said of the male. mso.anu.edu.au
  57. 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. dictgcide_fs
  58. To copulate with; to cover; as, a horse serves a mare; said of the male. dictgcide_fs
  59. s[.e]rv, v.t. to be a servant to, to work for and obey: to attend or wait upon: to work for: to obey: to be subservient or subordinate to: to wait upon at table, &c.: to do duty for: to treat, behave towards: to render worship to: to aid by good offices: to minister to a priest at mass: to comply with: to requite: to handle, manipulate: to furnish: (naut.) to bind with small cord: (law) to deliver or present formally: to furnish: to cover, of stallions, &c.: to deliver the ball in tennis.--v.i. to be employed as a servant, to discharge any regular duty: to be in subjection: to suffice, to avail, to be suitable or favourable.--n. in tennis, the act of the first player in striking the ball, or the style in which this is done.--ns. SER'VAGE (obs.), servitude: the service of a lover; SER'VER, one who serves: an attendant on the priest at the celebration of the Eucharist: the player who strikes the tennis-ball first: a salver, any utensil for distributing or helping at table.--SERVE AN OFFICE, to discharge the duties of an office; SERVE A PROCESS or WRIT, to formally communicate a process or writ to the person to whom it is addressed; SERVE AN ATTACHMENT, to levy such a writ on the person or goods by seizure; SERVE AN EXECUTION, to levy an execution on the person or goods by seizure; SERVE A SENTENCE, to undergo the punishment prescribed by a judicial sentence; SERVE ONE A TRICK, to play a trick on one; SERVE ONE OUT, to take revenge on some one; SERVE ONE RIGHT, to treat one as he deserves; SERVE ONE'S TIME, to complete one's apprenticeship; SERVE OUT, to deal or distribute; SERVE THE PURPOSE OF, to answer adequately an end for which something else is designed; SERVE THE TURN, to suffice for one's immediate purpose or need; SERVE TIME, to undergo a period of imprisonment, &c.; SERVE UP, to bring to table. [Fr. servir--L. serv[=i]re, to serve.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  60. Be servant (to), do service (to), be useful (to), (s. two masters, be divided between two conflicting principles &c.; s. the Lord or God, be religious or virtuous; s. the devil, be wicked; s. at table, act as waiter; has served his generation; would do much to s. you; indiscretion sometimes serves us well; s. in army, navy, &c., be employed in it; has served in India, been employed esp. as soldier); meet needs (of), avail (t. & i.), suffice (t. & i.), satisfy, perform function, be suitable, do what is required for, (s. a purpose; s. the purpose of, take place of, be used as; to s. some private ends; serves the or one\'s turn or need, does well enough; it will s., do what is absolutely necessary; that excuse will not s. you; it serves to show the folly of; 1 lb. serves him for a week; nothing would s. him or s. but absolute submission; a sofa serving him, or serving, as or for a bed; as memory serves, whenever one remembers; as occasion serves, when it is favourable; the tide serves, is suitable for getting out of harbour &c.; curate serves two parishes, does the work; s. an office, go through a tenure of it; s. one\'s apprenticeship, go through training; s. a sentence, undergo it for the full time; s. one\'s time, hold office for normal period, also s. a sentence; s. time, undergo imprisonment &c.; s. gun, battery, keep it firing; s. mare &c., cover, esp. of stallion &c. hired for purpose; s. rope &c. naut., bind with small cord to save fraying); dish up. set (food) on table, set out ready, distribute (trans. & abs.), supply (person with), make legal delivery of (writ &c.), set ball or set (ball) in play, (fish served up nearly cold; asparagus served with butter; s. up dinner; dinner is served, servants announcement that it is ready; s. ammunition, rations, &c., out or round; was serving a customer with stockings, serving in the shop; have them served with soup; s. with the same sauce fig., retaliate upon; s. person, the town, &c., with gas, water; s. with writ &c., = s. writ &c. on; s. warrant, writ, notice, process, attachment, &c., usu. on person, deliver document to person concerned in legally formal manner; tennis, racquet, &c., player serves a ball, serves well, badly, &c., sends ball to opponent in first stroke of round); treat, treat to, pay (person) out, (has served me shamefully; you may s. me as you will; served them a trick, played it on them; s. or serves him right!, excl. of satisfaction at sight of offender getting his deserts; shall manage to s. him out, retaliate); servingman, male servant; hence (-)server (1, 2) n. (N.; tennis &c.) first stroke of round, turn for delivering this (whose s. is it?). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  61. s. tables, postpone spiritual to bodily needs (see Acts vi. 2). Concise Oxford Dictionary

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