serve

phonetic symbol: / sɚ́v / 

serve - English Dictionary

[ noun ]
■ (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
e.g.)
・his powerful serves won the game
service

[ verb ]
■ put the ball into play
e.g.)
・It was Agassi's turn to serve

[ verb ]
■ do duty or hold offices
■ serve in a specific function
e.g.)
・He served as head of the department for three years
・She served in Congress for two terms

[ verb ]
■ provide (usually but not necessarily food)
e.g.)
・We serve meals for the homeless
・The entertainers served up a lively show
dish , dish out , dish up , serve up

[ verb ]
■ help to some food
■ help with food or drink
e.g.)
・I served him three times, and after that he helped himself
help

[ verb ]
■ mate with
e.g.)
・male animals serve the females for breeding purposes
service

[ verb ]
■ deliver a warrant or summons to someone
process , swear out

[ verb ]
■ do military service
e.g.)
・She served in Vietnam
・My sons never served, because they are short-sighted

[ verb ]
■ work for or be a servant to
e.g.)
・May I serve you?
・The minister served the King for many years
assist , attend , attend to , wait on

[ verb ]
■ be used by
■ as of a utility
e.g.)
・The sewage plant served the neighboring communities
・The garage served to shelter his horses
service

[ verb ]
■ devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
e.g.)
・She served the art of music
・He served the church
・serve the country

[ verb ]
■ be sufficient
■ be adequate, either in quality or quantity
e.g.)
・Nothing else will serve
answer , do , suffice

[ verb ]
■ contribute or conduce to
e.g.)
・The scandal served to increase his popularity

[ verb ]
■ promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to
e.g.)
・Art serves commerce
・Their interests are served
・The lake serves recreation
・The President's wisdom has served the country well
serve well

[ verb ]
■ serve a purpose, role, or function
e.g.)
・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
function

[ verb ]
■ spend time in prison or in a labor camp
do

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