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Synonyms for serve
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Wiktionary

  1. servenoun

    Synonyms:
    bestand, attend, wait on

  2. servenoun

    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. serveverb

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. serve, serviceverb

    (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, functionverb

    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. serveverb

    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. serveverb

    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, serveverb

    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, helpverb

    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, dishverb

    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. serveverb

    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 wellverb

    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, doverb

    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, assistverb

    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 outverb

    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, serveverb

    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. serveverb

    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, serviceverb

    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. serveverb

    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

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. serveverb

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

  2. serveverb

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

  3. serveverb

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

  4. serveverb

    Synonyms:
    satisfy, content, be sufficient for

  5. serveverb

    Synonyms:
    treat, behave towards

  6. serveverb

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

  7. serveverb

    Synonyms:
    obey, be dutiful, perform duty

  8. serveverb

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

  9. serveverb

    Synonyms:
    suit, be convenient, be suitable

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. serveverb

    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

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How to use serve in a sentence?

  1. Jared Kushner:

    It is an honor to serve our country, i am energized by the shared passion of the president-elect and the American people and I am humbled by the opportunity to join this very talented team.

  2. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Teamwork means serving without waiting for someone else to serve first.

  3. Ed Mullins:

    What is the difference between that and refusing to serve someone who is black or Latino or Asian.

  4. Tim Albrecht:

    This will serve as sort of the unofficial kickoff to the Iowa caucus season for 2016, it's a great first look at how potential candidates stack up against each other.

  5. Larry Hogan:

    We have offered the full resources of the Maryland State Police to assist in the investigation, this was a cowardly, brazen act to walk up and open fire on a police officer who was doing what we asked that officer to do -- to go out to protect and serve.


Translations for serve

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  • قدم, تخدمArabic
  • служы́ць, паслужы́цьBelarusian
  • servir, serveiCatalan, Valencian
  • sloužit, podávat, podat, servírovatCzech
  • tjeneDanish
  • servieren, dienenGerman
  • σερβίρισμαGreek
  • serviEsperanto
  • desempeñar, operar, funcionar, servicio, cernir, cerner, servir, sevirSpanish
  • سرو کردن, سرویسPersian
  • kosia, kosiskella, tarjota, hoitaa, syöttö, astua, käyttää, istua, rihmata, palvella, tarjoilla, toimia, toimittaa, syöttää, avustaa, saattaa tietoon, kohdellaFinnish
  • servaFaroese
  • servir, signifier, serviceFrench
  • szerva, szervál, adogatHungarian
  • ծառայելArmenian
  • servirInterlingua
  • servire, portare in tavola, servizioItalian
  • לְשָׁרֵתHebrew
  • サーブJapanese
  • 제공하다Korean
  • serve, servio, prosumLatin
  • serveren, bedienen, dienen, opdienenDutch
  • servirOccitan
  • obsługiwaćPolish
  • saque, sacar, servirPortuguese
  • servir, sarvir, sarveir, survirRomansh
  • serviRomanian
  • послужить, подача, обслужить, подать, подавать, работать, служить, обслуживать, поработатьRussian
  • selvire, serviri, servire, serbire, serbiriSardinian
  • servisSlovene
  • shërbejAlbanian
  • avtjäna, serve, uppvakta, betäcka, servera, serva, fungera, tjänaSwedish
  • servisTurkish

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