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Synonyms for serve
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This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term serve.

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)

    To be a formal servant for (a god or deity); to worship in an official capacity.

    Whose serve is it?

    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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. serve(v)

    Synonyms:
    attend, wait upon, promote, advance, contribute, conduce to, subserve, treat, requite, satisfy, suffice, content, answer, do, deal, distribute

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "serve":

    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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How to use serve in a sentence?

  1. Los Angeles:

    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.

  2. Alexander Zverev:

    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.

  3. Paul Morrow:

    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.

  4. Chairman Michael Bloomberg:

    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.

  5. Chris Kermode:

    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.


Translations for serve

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  • 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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