serve

  • 1 Serve — Serve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Served}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Serving}.] [OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L. servire; akin to servus a servant or slave, servare to protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har to protect, haurva protecting. Cf.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 serve — → serf ● serf, serve adjectif (latin servus, esclave) Relatif à l état des serfs : Des hommes de condition serve. Littéraire. Qui fait preuve d une soumission complète à l égard d autrui. ● serf, serve (homonymes) adjectif (latin servus, esclave) …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 3 serve — [sɜːv ǁ sɜːrv] verb 1. [transitive] COMMERCE to supply customers with a particular product or service or with something they need: • The firm plans to open a London office to serve clients with investments and businesses in Europe. • JAL Group… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 serve — [sʉrv] vt. served, serving [ME serven < OFr servir < L servire, to serve < servus, servant, slave: see SERF] 1. to work for as a servant 2. a) to do services or duties for; give service to; aid; assist; help b) to give obedience and… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 serve — vt served, serv·ing 1: to deliver, publish, or execute (notice or process) as required by law no notice of any such request was ever served on the husband National Law Journal 2: to make legal service upon (the person named in a process): inform… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 serve — late 12c., to render habitual obedience to, from O.Fr. servir to serve, from L. servire to serve, originally be a slave, related to servus slave, perhaps from an Etruscan word (Cf. Etruscan proper names Servi, Serve). Meaning to attend to (a… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 Serve — Serve, v. i. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] The Lord shall give thee rest . . . from the hard bondage wherein thou… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 serve — ► VERB 1) perform duties or services for. 2) be employed as a member of the armed forces. 3) spend (a period) in office, in an apprenticeship, or in prison. 4) present food or drink to. 5) attend to (a customer in a shop). 6) be of use in… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 serve — [v1] aid, help; supply arrange, assist, attend to, be of assistance, be of use, care for, deal, deliver, dish up*, distribute, do for, give, handle, hit, minister to, nurse, oblige, play, present, provide, provision, set out, succor, wait on,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 Serve — may refer to: * Serve (tennis) * Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment * Providing a non material good, as in the work of a servant * Supplying customers with food and drink, as in the work of a food server * Delivering a legal or… …

    Wikipedia

  • 11 serve up — (something) to offer something. The TV miniseries will be serving up five hour long programs. Hitchcock served up a pitch that Perez hit over the fence for a home run. Filmgoers demand realism, and Lee serves it up without flash or tricks in his… …

    New idioms dictionary

  • 12 serve as — 1. To act as 2. To take the place of • • • Main Entry: ↑serve …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 13 serve as — index exercise (discharge a function) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 14 Serve — Aucun rapport avec le servage, c est tout simplement une variante de Selva, Selve (= bois, forêt). Le nom est surtout porté dans la Drôme et les départements voisins (42, 69) …

    Noms de famille

  • 15 serve — serve1 W1S1 [sə:v US sə:rv] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(food/drink)¦ 2 serve two/three/four etc (people) 3¦(shop)¦ 4¦(be useful/helpful)¦ 5¦(do useful work)¦ 6¦(have an effect)¦ 7¦(provide something)¦ 8¦(prison)¦ 9¦(sport)¦ 10 it …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 serve — I UK [sɜː(r)v] / US [sɜrv] verb Word forms serve : present tense I/you/we/they serve he/she/it serves present participle serving past tense served past participle served *** 1) [intransitive/transitive] to provide food and drink for someone to… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 serve — I n. (tennis) 1) the serve was good; long; out 2) a serve to (a serve to the backhand) II v. 1) (A) ( to bring ) she served dinner to us; or: she served us dinner 2) (d; intr.) to serve as ( to fulfill the functions of ) (his illness served as an …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 serve — serve1 [ sɜrv ] verb *** ▸ 1 provide food/drink ▸ 2 do job ▸ 3 be used for purpose ▸ 4 help achieve something ▸ 5 spend time in prison ▸ 6 provide with something useful ▸ 7 help customers in store ▸ 8 officially give document ▸ 9 hit ball to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 serve — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)v[/t]] ♦♦ serves, serving, served 1) VERB If you serve your country, an organization, or a person, you do useful work for them. [V n] It is unfair to soldiers who have served their country well for many years... [V n] I have always… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 serve — 1 verb 1 FOOD/DRINK (I, T) to give someone food or drink as part of a meal: What kind of wine should we serve? | serve sth with sth: Serve the dish with rice and a green salad. | serve sb: Why aren t you out there serving the guests? | serve sth… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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