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Definitions of serving

  1. an individual portion of food or drink; " the helpings were all small"; " his portion was larger than hers"; " there's enough for two servings each"
  2. the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone; " he accepted service of the subpoena"
  3. an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal; " the helpings were all small"; " his portion was larger than hers"; " there's enough for two servings each"
  4. a. & n. from Serve.
  5. Among seamen, the process of covering large ropes or cables with canvas or spun yarn to prevent friction or wearing in parts much exposed.
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Usage examples for serving

  1. He had in it a double affection,- that of serving and being served. – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. She poured whiskey into her glass and called to the serving- man to drink it. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  3. Here am I serving tea for the third time, and now there's the lunch to get ready. – Fruits of Culture by Leo Tolstoy
  4. He rang the bell once or twice, and after a while the old serving man came to him. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  5. The method of serving them must also be considered. – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer
  6. The next moment a serving- man came in, puzzled and inclined to laugh. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  7. Hugo smiled, for the big serving- man had spoken with the faith of a child. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger
  8. What kind of a master is he serving?" – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  9. And this Morhange must be a man serving the interests of the Army Commission. – Atlantida by Pierre Benoit
  10. Look here, don't you play tricks with doctors; they get such chances for serving you out. – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  11. To think that the Master could accuse him of serving the evil one! – Men Called Him Master by Elwyn Allen Smith
  12. The idea that he should find any of his own men serving on board King George's vessel was rather amusing. – Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812 by James Barnes
  13. Then take him with you, I have no objection to the voyage, or serving in India which I have often wished to see. – Banked Fires by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  14. Betty Dalrymple must have paid the youth well for serving her thus far. – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  15. You'll be serving the lady best that way. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  16. Claude had intended to stay at home, as his cousin was not yet well enough to leave the room; but just at this time a college friend of the Rector's, hearing of his illness, wrote to propose to come and stay with him for a month or six weeks, and help him in serving his church. – Scenes and Characters by Charlotte M. Yonge
  17. I was serving my country and doing my duty on board of a King's ship, and you were left here, and therefore lucky it was that you fell in with old Peter; but, Tom, I could not be in two places at the same time, and if I did not do my duty as a father towards you, at all events I was doing my duty to my country. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  18. But then one rarely does in talking to a waiter when he is serving you. – The Underdog by F. Hopkinson Smith
  19. Think we're serving free lunch? – Cape Cod Stories The Old Home House by Joseph C. Lincoln
  20. A good- natured, elderly serving- woman, who stood at the door, explained matters. – By Desert Ways to Baghdad by Louisa Jebb
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