The steward serves the king.
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.
A hotel that has served tourists at the same location for 30 years.
To serve a year in prison.
She has served me ill.
Served 10 years for armed robbery.
Serve in the US Air Force; serve on a jury.
Serve as a clerk.
Let this incident serve as a reminder to future generations.
A device that will serve well.
Serve at luncheon.
A library that serves the entire town.
If memory serves me well.
To be cruelly served.
Serve the beef with rice.
A tool that serves many purposes.
To serve the national interest.
To serve in the navy.
- 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.]
- To set down (food or drink) on the table to be eaten; to bring (food, drink) to a person. [from 15th c.]
- To be useful to; to meet the needs of. [from 14th c.]
- (intransitive) To be in military service. [from 16th c.]
Served the guests a wonderful dinner.
Served the country for five years in the navy.
This will serve the purpose. The tent served us well in the storm.
Served four terms in Congress.
- To be deserved under the circumstances:Punish him; it will serve him right for what he has done to you.
- to be what someone deserves, for doing something wrong or foolish
Other Word Forms
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