Serve meaning

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To work for (someone) as a servant.

The steward serves the king.

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To serve is to give someone service or present someone with something.

An example of serve is when you bring someone a drink.

An example of serve is when you spend a year in a committed situation, such as in the military or in prison.

An example of serve is when you deliver legal papers that must be delivered in a specific and prescribed manner.

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To fight or undergo military service for.

Served the country for five years in the navy.

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To copulate with; service. Used of male animals.
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To give homage and obedience to.

Served God.

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To bind or whip (a rope) with fine cord or wire.
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To assist the celebrant during Mass.
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To be employed as a servant.
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To do a term of duty.

Serve in the US Air Force; serve on a jury.

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To act in a particular capacity.

Serve as a clerk.

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To be of service or use; function.

Let this incident serve as a reminder to future generations.

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To meet requirements or needs; satisfy.

A device that will serve well.

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To wait on tables.

Serve at luncheon.

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To hit a ball or shuttlecock as a way of starting play in court games.
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The act or right of serving in many court games.
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To work for as a servant.
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To do military or naval service for.
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To pass or spend (a term of imprisonment, military service, etc.)

To serve a year in prison.

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To be used by.

A library that serves the entire town.

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To function or perform for.

If memory serves me well.

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To behave toward; treat.

To be cruelly served.

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To copulate with (a female)
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To wrap cords, twine, etc. around (a rope) to protect it.
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To hit (a tennis ball, etc.) to one's opponent in order to start play.
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To work as a servant.
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To be in service; do service.

To serve in the navy.

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To be used or usable; be of service; function.
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To meet needs or satisfy requirements.
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To provide guests with something to eat or drink, as by waiting on table.
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To be suitable or favorable.
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To start play by hitting the ball, etc. to one's opponent, as in tennis.
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The act or manner of serving the ball in tennis, etc., or one's turn to serve.
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To deliver a legal document, especially a process or notice; to present a legal notice or subpoena to a person as required by law.
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To spend time in the armed forces or in some uniformed service (police, fire, and so on). See also service.
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(sports) An act of putting the ball or shuttlecock in play in various games.

Whose serve is it?

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(chiefly Australia) A portion of food or drink, a serving.
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(personal) To provide a service.
  • To be a formal servant for (a god or deity); to worship in an official capacity. [from 12th c.].
  • To be a servant for; to work for, to be employed by. [from 13th c.].
  • To wait upon (someone) at table; to set food and drink in front of, to help (someone) to food, meals etc. [from 13th c.].
  • (intransitive) To be a servant or worker; to perform the duties of a servant or employee; to render service. [from 14th c.].
  • To set down (food or drink) on the table to be eaten; to bring (food, drink) to a person. [from 15th c.].
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(archaic) To treat (someone) in a given manner. [from 13th c.]
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(archaic) To be suitor to; to be the lover of. [from 14th c.]
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To be effective.
  • To be useful to; to meet the needs of. [from 14th c.].
  • (intransitive) To have a given use or purpose; to function for something or to do something. [from 14th c.].
  • (intransitive) To usefully take the place as, instead of something else. [from 14th c.].
  • (intransitive) To be in military service. [from 16th c.].
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(law) To deliver a document.
  • To officially deliver (a legal notice, summons etc.). [from 15th c.].
  • To make legal service upon (a person named in a writ, summons, etc.).
    To serve a witness with a subpoena.
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(intransitive, sports) To lead off with the first delivery over the net in tennis, volleyball, ping pong, badminton etc. [from 16th c.]
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To copulate with (of male animals); to cover. [from 16th c.]
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(military) To work, to operate (a weapon). [from 18th c.]
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To work through (a given period of time in prison, a sentence). [from 19th c.]
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(nautical) To wind spun yarn etc. tightly around (a rope or cable, etc.) so as to protect it from chafing or from the weather.
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To assist the celebrant during (Mass).
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To act toward (another) in a specified way.

She has served me ill.

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To put (a ball or shuttlecock) in play, as in tennis, badminton, or jai alai.
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serve (someone) right
  • To be deserved under the circumstances:.
    Punish him; it will serve him right for what he has done to you.
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serve someone right
  • To be what someone deserves, for doing something wrong or foolish.
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Origin of serve

  • Middle English serven from Old French servir from Latin servīre from servus slave
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English serven, from Middle French servir, from Old French, from Latin servire (“to be a slave; to serve"), from Latin servus (“slave; servant"), which perhaps derives from Etruscan (compare Etruscan proper names Servi, Serve).
    From Wiktionary