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.
  2. To be subordinate to; to act a secondary part under; to appear as the inferior of; to minister to.
  3. To be suitor to; to profess love to.
  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.
  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.
  6. To contribute or conduce to; to promote; to be sufficient for; to satisfy; as, to serve one's turn.
  7. To answer or be ( in the place of something) to; as, a sofa serves one for a seat and a couch.
  8. To treat; to behave one's self to; to requite; to act toward; as, he served me very ill.
  9. To bring to notice, deliver, or execute, either actually or constructively, in such manner as the law requires; as, to serve a summons.
  10. To pass or spend, as time, esp. time of punishment; as, to serve a term in prison.
  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.
  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.
  13. To copulate with; to cover; as, a horse serves a mare; - said of the male.
  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).
  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.
  16. To work for; obey; wait upon; supply with food; perform the duties of; suffice for; treat.
  17. To conduct; manipulate; handle; wait on.
  18. To work; to operate; as, to serve the guns.
  19. 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.
  20. To perform domestic offices; to be occupied with household affairs; to prepare and dish up food, etc.
  21. 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.
  22. To be of use; to answer a purpose; to suffice; to suit; to be convenient or favorable.
  23. To lead off in delivering the ball.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. To attend on, or work for, another; to be of service.
  27. 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"
  28. help to some food; help with food or drink; " I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
  29. deliver a warrant or summons to someone; " He was processed by the sheriff"
  30. put the ball into play; as in games like tennis; " It was Agassi's turn to serve"
  31. 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"
  32. mate with; " male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
  33. do military service; " She served in Vietnam"; " My sons never served, because they are short- sighted"
  34. 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"
  35. contribute or conduce to; " The scandal served to increase his popularity"
  36. 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"
  37. ( sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; " his powerful serves won the game"
  38. put the ball into play; " It was Agassi's turn to serve"
  39. 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.
  40. To act as a servant or under authority.
  41. To be of service; be sufficient.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. a stroke ( in tennis or badminton or squash) that puts the ball in play; " his powerful serves won the game"
  45. Server.
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