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Serve 1Definition: To be subordinate to; to act a secondary part under; to appear as the inferior of; to minister to.
Serve 2Definition: To be suitor to; to profess love to.
Serve 3Definition: 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.
Serve 4Definition: 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.
Serve 5Definition: To answer or be (in the place of something) to; as, a sofa
serves one for a seat and a couch.
Serve 6Definition: To work; to operate; as, to serve the
Serve 7Definition: To bring to notice, deliver, or execute, either actually or constructively, in such manner as the law
requires; as, to serve a summons.
Serve 8Definition: To make legal service
opon (a person named in a writ, summons,
etc.); as, to serve a witness with a
Serve 9Definition: To pass or spend, as time,
esp. time of punishment; as, to serve a term in prison.
Serve 10Definition: To copulate with; to cover; as, a horse
serves a mare; said of the male.
Serve 11Definition: To lead off in delivering (the ball).
Serve 12Definition: 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.
Serve 13Definition: 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.
Serve 14Definition: To perform domestic
offices; to be occupied with household
affairs; to prepare and dish up food,
Serve 15Definition: 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.
Serve 16Definition: To be of use; to answer a purpose; to suffice; to suit; to be convenient or favorable.
Serve 17Definition: To lead off in delivering the ball.
(sports) a stroke that
puts the ball in play; "his powerful
serves won the game"
serve 19Definition: put the ball into play; "It was
Agassi''s turn to serve"
serve 20Definition: 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"
serve 21Definition: provide (usually but not necessarily food); "We serve
meals for the homeless"; "She dished out the soup at P.M."; "The
entertainers served up a lively show"
serve 22Definition: help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
serve 23Definition: mate with; "male
animals serve the
females for breeding
serve 24Definition: deliver a warrant or summons to someone; "He was processed by the sheriff"
serve 25Definition: do military service; "She served in Vietnam"; "My
sons never served, because they are short-sighted"
serve 26Definition: work for or be a servant to; "May I serve
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 27Definition: be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his
serve 28Definition: 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 29Definition: be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "A few words would answer"; "This car
suits my purpose well"; "Will
do?"; "A ''B'' grade
doesn''t suffice to get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve"
serve 30Definition: contribute or conduce to; "The scandal served to increase his popularity"
serve 31Definition: 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
serve 32Definition: 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"
serve 33Definition: spend time in prison or in a labor camp; "He did six years for embezzlement"