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serve

serve

 
pronunciation:
suhrv
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: served, serves, serving
definition 1: to give aid or help; be of use.
He served as a volunteer at the hospital.
similar words:
attend, minister, tend
definition 2: to work as a servant.
She served as a nanny for the busy family.
similar words:
attend, work
definition 3: to complete a period of service.
He served in the Army for ten years.
definition 4: to have a particular use.
This table serves as a desk.
synonyms:
function
similar words:
act, behave, suit, work
definition 5: to hit the ball to begin a point in tennis and other games.
Cynthia serves first in this match.
 
definition 6: to offer or provide food and drink to.
The waiter served us our dinner.
synonyms:
wait on
similar words:
accommodate, assist, help
definition 7: to provide with something; supply.
The pie will serve six people.
synonyms:
furnish, provide, supply
similar words:
deliver, give, grant, present, render
 
part of speech: noun
definition: an instance of serving in tennis and other games, or the ability to serve in a particular way.
Claude has a powerful serve.
Word Builder: serve +
  • server1:
    a person whose job is to serve customers at a restaurant.
  • server2:
    a computer that serves files to other computers.
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