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serve

noun (n)

  • (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play (noun.act)
    Synonym: service
    Example:
    His powerful serves won the game.
    source: wordnet30

verb (v)

  • serve a purpose, role, or function (verb.stative)
    Synonym: function
    Example:
    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.
    source: wordnet30
  • do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function (verb.competition)
    Example:
    He served as head of the department for three years.
    She served in Congress for two terms.
    source: wordnet30
  • contribute or conduce to (verb.stative)
    Example:
    The scandal served to increase his popularity.
    source: wordnet30
  • be used by; as of a utility (verb.social)
    Example:
    The sewage plant served the neighboring communities.
    The garage served to shelter his horses.
    source: wordnet30
  • help to some food; help with food or drink (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: help
    Example:
    I served him three times, and after that he helped himself.
    source: wordnet30
  • provide (usually but not necessarily food) (verb.consumption)
    Example:
    We serve meals for the homeless.
    The entertainers served up a lively show.
    source: wordnet30
  • devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas (verb.social)
    Example:
    She served the art of music.
    He served the church.
    Serve the country.
    source: wordnet30
  • promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to (verb.stative)
    Synonym: serve well
    Example:
    Art serves commerce.
    Their interests are served.
    The lake serves recreation.
    The President's wisdom has served the country well.
    source: wordnet30
  • spend time in prison or in a labor camp (verb.stative)
    Synonym: do
    source: wordnet30
  • work for or be a servant to (verb.social)
    Example:
    May I serve you?.
    The minister served the King for many years.
    source: wordnet30
  • deliver a warrant or summons to someone (verb.contact)
    Synonym: process, swear out
    source: wordnet30
  • be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity (verb.stative)
    Synonym: answer, do, suffice
    Example:
    Nothing else will serve.
    source: wordnet30
  • do military service (verb.social)
    Example:
    She served in Vietnam.
    My sons never served, because they are short-sighted.
    source: wordnet30
  • mate with (verb.contact)
    Synonym: service, tread
    Example:
    Male animals serve the females for breeding purposes.
    source: wordnet30
  • put the ball into play (verb.competition)
    Example:
    It was Agassi's turn to serve.
    source: wordnet30
  • To work for; to labor in behalf of; to exert one's self continuously or statedly for the benefit of; to do service for; to be in the employment of, as an inferior, domestic, serf, slave, hired assistant, official helper, etc.; specifically, in a religious sense, to obey and worship. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To be a servant or a slave; to be employed in labor or other business for another; to be in subjection or bondage; to render menial service. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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