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Synonyms for serve
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. serve, service(verb)

    (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

    "his powerful serves won the game"

    Synonyms:
    divine service, help, service, religious service, table service, serving, military service, service of process, avail, inspection and repair, overhaul, servicing, armed service

  2. serve, function(verb)

    serve a purpose, role, or function

    "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"

    Synonyms:
    go, process, help, dish up, work, answer, dish out, function, attend to, suffice, attend, service, run, operate, assist, serve up, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do, officiate

  3. serve(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    process, help, dish up, answer, dish out, function, attend to, suffice, attend, service, assist, serve up, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do

  4. serve(verb)

    contribute or conduce to

    "The scandal served to increase his popularity"

    Synonyms:
    process, help, dish up, answer, dish out, function, attend to, suffice, attend, service, assist, serve up, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do

  5. service, serve(verb)

    be used by; as of a utility

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

    Synonyms:
    process, help, dish up, answer, dish out, function, attend to, suffice, attend, service, assist, serve up, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do

  6. serve, help(verb)

    help to some food; help with food or drink

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

    Synonyms:
    avail, process, help, help oneself, dish up, answer, dish out, function, attend to, suffice, attend, service, aid, assist, serve up, facilitate, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do

  7. serve, serve up, dish out, dish up, dish(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    process, parcel out, help, dish up, answer, lot, dish out, function, mete out, attend to, dispense, deal out, suffice, attend, dole out, service, assist, serve up, allot, administer, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, distribute, do, shell out, deal

  8. serve(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    process, help, dish up, answer, dish out, function, attend to, suffice, attend, service, assist, serve up, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do

  9. serve, serve well(verb)

    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 country well"

    Synonyms:
    process, help, dish up, answer, dish out, function, attend to, suffice, attend, service, assist, serve up, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do

  10. serve, do(verb)

    spend time in prison or in a labor camp

    "He did six years for embezzlement"

    Synonyms:
    perform, service, process, dress, attend to, function, behave, dish out, get along, serve up, suffice, fare, answer, make, swear out, dish up, act, coif, wait on, arrange, execute, manage, cause, do, coiffure, assist, help, make out, practice, attend, exercise, come, coiffe, serve well, set, practise, dish

  11. serve, attend to, wait on, attend, assist(verb)

    work for or be a servant to

    "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"

    Synonyms:
    process, aid, help, dish up, pay heed, answer, go to, dish out, function, look, attend to, take to heart, suffice, attend, service, take care, advert, assist, serve up, give ear, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do, see, hang

  12. serve, process, swear out(verb)

    deliver a warrant or summons to someone

    "He was processed by the sheriff"

    Synonyms:
    process, litigate, march, help, dish up, work, answer, dish out, function, attend to, action, suffice, attend, sue, service, work on, treat, assist, serve up, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do

  13. suffice, do, answer, serve(verb)

    be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

    "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"

    Synonyms:
    dish up, practice, service, process, act, respond, function, behave, dish out, get along, serve up, suffice, fare, answer, make, swear out, reply, arrange, coif, wait on, execute, manage, cause, do, coiffure, assist, help, make out, perform, attend, exercise, resolve, come, coiffe, serve well, set, practise, attend to, dress, dish

  14. serve(verb)

    do military service

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

    Synonyms:
    process, help, dish up, answer, dish out, function, attend to, suffice, attend, service, assist, serve up, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do

  15. serve, service(verb)

    mate with

    "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"

    Synonyms:
    process, help, dish up, answer, dish out, function, attend to, suffice, attend, service, assist, serve up, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do

  16. serve(verb)

    put the ball into play

    "It was Agassi's turn to serve"

    Synonyms:
    process, help, dish up, answer, dish out, function, attend to, suffice, attend, service, assist, serve up, wait on, serve well, swear out, dish, do

Wiktionary

  1. serve(noun)

    Synonyms:
    wait on, attend, bestand

  2. serve(noun)

    Synonyms:
    service

    Antonyms:
    receive

  3. serve(verb)

    To wait upon (someone) at table; to set food and drink in front of, to help (someone) to food, meals etc.

    Synonyms:
    serving

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. serve

    Synonyms:
    obey, minister, subserve, help, work for, forward, attend, suffice for, assist, benefit, answer, promote, tend, accommodate

    Antonyms:
    command, disobey, thwart, oppose, resist, counteract, contradict, neutralize, baffle, retard, obstruct

Editors Contribution

  1. cater

    provide with what is needed or required.

    cater to popular demand.

    Submitted by JP03 on June 30, 2015  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. serve(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    work for, labor for, be under the orders of, be subservient to

  2. serve(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    aid, assist, help, succor, attend, oblige, wait on, minister to

  3. serve(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    promote, advance, forward, benefit, contribute to, be of use to

  4. serve(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    satisfy, content, be sufficient for

  5. serve(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    treat, behave towards

  6. serve(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    be a servant, be a slave, be in bondage, be in subjection

  7. serve(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    obey, be dutiful, perform duty

  8. serve(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    answer, do, conduce, minister, be sufficient, be of use, pass muster

  9. serve(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    suit, be convenient, be suitable

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    service, serving, use, be, meet, services, respond, sit, contribute

How to pronounce serve?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say serve in sign language?

  1. serve

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Translations for serve

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • قدم, تخدمArabic
  • служы́ць, паслужы́цьBelarusian
  • servir, serveiCatalan, Valencian
  • podávat, podat, sloužit, servírovatCzech
  • tjeneDanish
  • dienen, servierenGerman
  • σερβίρισμαGreek
  • serviEsperanto
  • servir, operar, funcionar, desempeñar, cernir, cerner, sevir, servicioSpanish
  • سرو کردن, سرویسPersian
  • palvella, avustaa, tarjoilla, toimia, kohdella, saattaa tietoon, syöttää, toimittaa, rihmata, istua, astua, kosia, kosiskella, tarjota, hoitaa, käyttää, syöttöFinnish
  • servaFaroese
  • servir, signifier, serviceFrench
  • adogat, szervál, szervaHungarian
  • ծառայելArmenian
  • servirInterlingua
  • servire, portare in tavola, servizioItalian
  • לְשָׁרֵתHebrew
  • サーブJapanese
  • 제공하다Korean
  • servio, prosum, serveLatin
  • opdienen, bedienen, dienen, serverenDutch
  • servirOccitan
  • obsługiwaćPolish
  • servir, sacar, saquePortuguese
  • servir, sarveir, survir, sarvirRomansh
  • serviRomanian
  • послужить, работать, служить, подать, поработать, обслуживать, подавать, обслужить, подачаRussian
  • serbiri, selvire, serbire, servire, serviriSardinian
  • servisSlovene
  • shërbejAlbanian
  • tjäna, fungera, serva, servera, betäcka, uppvakta, avtjäna, serveSwedish
  • servisTurkish

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