(sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
"his powerful serves won the game"
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"
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"
contribute or conduce to
"The scandal served to increase his popularity"
be used by; as of a utility
"The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses"
help to some food; help with food or drink
"I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
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"
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
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"
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"
spend time in prison or in a labor camp
"He did six years for embezzlement"
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
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"
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
serve, process, swear out(verb)
deliver a warrant or summons to someone
"He was processed by the sheriff"
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
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"
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
do military service
"She served in Vietnam"; "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted"
"male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
put the ball into play
"It was Agassi's turn to serve"
To be a formal servant for (a god or deity); to worship in an official capacity.
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To wait upon (someone) at table; to set food and drink in front of, to help (someone) to food, meals etc.
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provide with what is needed or required.
cater to popular demand.Submitted by JP03 on June 30, 2015
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How to use serve in a sentence?
Maintaining the public's trust is improved when the communities we serve believe the actions of our officers are fair, consistent and constitutional in each neighborhood of the city.
I am very happy with the win. I am very happy to be in the final and give myself an opportunity to win a tournament here, i made 15 aces so my serve was doing alright ... Delbonis beat great players on this surface already, he has done well on this surface and I think winning against him is a good win.
We are in a residential area and even though some stores in our area have closed, we have stayed open to serve our community, selling Lottery products absolutely helps business, no doubt about it.
His visit will also serve as a marker for how far the World Trade Center has come since Pope Benedict XVI visited the site seven years ago, when it was still an open hole in the ground and closed off to the public, now, it is a beautiful and inspiring place, a symbol of our rebirth and resilience that is full of life, and that honors the victims of the attacks and tells their stories to the world.
It's been a privilege to serve as ATP executive chairman and president since 2014 and I'm very proud of what we have achieved during this time, i would like to thank everyone at the ATP, and all the players and tournaments for the support over the years. I remain fully dedicated to the role for the remainder of my term and wish the organization every success in the future.
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- قدم, تخدمArabic
- служы́ць, паслужы́цьBelarusian
- servir, serveiCatalan, Valencian
- podávat, podat, sloužit, servírovatCzech
- dienen, servierenGerman
- 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
- servir, signifier, serviceFrench
- adogat, szervál, szervaHungarian
- servire, portare in tavola, servizioItalian
- servio, prosum, serveLatin
- opdienen, bedienen, dienen, serverenDutch
- servir, sacar, saquePortuguese
- servir, sarveir, survir, sarvirRomansh
- послужить, работать, служить, подать, поработать, обслуживать, подавать, обслужить, подачаRussian
- serbiri, selvire, serbire, servire, serviriSardinian
- tjäna, fungera, serva, servera, betäcka, uppvakta, avtjäna, serveSwedish
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