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Serve meaning

serve - 19 dictionary results

  1. 1. put the ball into play; " It was Agassi's turn to serve"
  2. 2. To be subordinate to; to act a secondary part under; to appear as the inferior of; to minister to.
  3. 3. To be suitor to; to profess love to.
  4. 4. To wait upon; to supply the wants of; to attend; specifically, to wait upon at table; to attend at meals; to supply with food; as, to serve customers in a shop.
  5. 5. To perform the duties belonging to, or required in or for; hence, to be of use to; as, a curate may serve two churches; to serve one's country.
  6. 6. To contribute or conduce to; to promote; to be sufficient for; to satisfy; as, to serve one's turn.
  7. 7. To answer or be ( in the place of something) to; as, a sofa serves one for a seat and a couch.
  8. 8. To treat; to behave one's self to; to requite; to act toward; as, he served me very ill.
  9. 9. To bring to notice, deliver, or execute, either actually or constructively, in such manner as the law requires; as, to serve a summons.
  10. 10. To pass or spend, as time, esp. time of punishment; as, to serve a term in prison.
  11. 11. To wind spun yarn, or the like, tightly around ( a rope or cable, etc.) so as to protect it from chafing or from the weather. See under Serving.
  12. 12. To perform domestic offices; to be occupied with household affairs; to prepare and dish up food, etc.
  13. 13. To be in service; to do duty; to discharge the requirements of an office or employment. Specifically, to act in the public service, as a soldier, seaman. etc.
  14. 14. To be of use; to answer a purpose; to suffice; to suit; to be convenient or favorable.
  15. 15. To lead off in delivering the ball.
  16. 16. Hence, to bring forward, arrange, deal, or distribute, as a portion of anything, especially of food prepared for eating; - often with up; formerly with in.
  17. 17. To make legal service opon ( a person named in a writ, summons, etc.); as, to serve a witness with a subpna.
  18. 18. To attend on, or work for, another; to be of service.
  19. 19. To work for; obey; wait upon; supply with food; perform the duties of; suffice for; treat.

serve - examples of usage

  1. An' serve yer bloomin' well right if 'e'd give yer one in both eyes! - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
  2. The railroad, if you serve it well, will, no doubt, buy your farm for much more than it is worth to you. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. So she could best serve the people who loved. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
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