Definitions for serve

Definitions for (noun) serve

Main entry: serve, service

Definition: (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

Usage: his powerful serves won the game

Definitions for (verb) serve

Main entry: serve

Definition: put the ball into play

Usage: It was Agassi's turn to serve

Main entry: serve

Definition: do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function

Usage: He served as head of the department for three years; She served in Congress for two terms

Main entry: dish, dish out, dish up, serve, serve up

Definition: provide (usually but not necessarily food)

Usage: We serve meals for the homeless; She dished out the soup at 8 P.M.; The entertainers served up a lively show

Main entry: serve, help

Definition: help to some food; help with food or drink

Usage: I served him three times, and after that he helped himself

Main entry: serve, service

Definition: mate with

Usage: male animals serve the females for breeding purposes

Main entry: process, serve, swear out

Definition: deliver a warrant or summons to someone

Usage: He was processed by the sheriff

Main entry: serve

Definition: do military service

Usage: She served in Vietnam; My sons never served, because they are short-sighted

Main entry: assist, attend, attend to, wait on, serve

Definition: work for or be a servant to

Usage: 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

Main entry: serve, service

Definition: be used by; as of a utility

Usage: The sewage plant served the neighboring communities; The garage served to shelter his horses

Main entry: serve

Definition: devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas

Usage: She served the art of music; He served the church; serve the country

Main entry: suffice, do, answer, serve

Definition: be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

Usage: 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

Main entry: serve

Definition: contribute or conduce to

Usage: The scandal served to increase his popularity

Main entry: serve, serve well

Definition: promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to

Usage: Art serves commerce; Their interests are served; The lake serves recreation; The President's wisdom has served the country well

Main entry: serve, function

Definition: serve a purpose, role, or function

Usage: 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

Main entry: serve, do

Definition: spend time in prison or in a labor camp

Usage: He did six years for embezzlement

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