(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, 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
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"
serve, 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, serve, 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"
serve, 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"
serve, 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, serve, 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"
provide with what is needed or required.
cater to popular demand.
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Translations for serve
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- 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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