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serve

serve

 
pronunciation:
suhrv
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: served, serves, serving
definition 1: to give aid or help; be of use.
synonyms:
aid, assist, help
similar words:
attend, avail, minister, tend
definition 2: to work as a servant.
similar words:
attend, work
definition 3: to fulfill a term of service, esp. in the military.
similar words:
soldier
definition 4: to have a particular function.
This table serves as a desk.
synonyms:
function
similar words:
act, avail, behave, pass muster, suffice, suit, work
definition 5: to offer or provide food or drink; work as a waiter or waitress.
synonyms:
wait
similar words:
cater, wait on, wait upon
definition 6: in tennis and other games, to hit the ball to begin a point.
 
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to give aid or help to; be of use to.
synonyms:
aid, assist, help
similar words:
accommodate, attend, avail, benefit, oblige, succor, tend
definition 2: to work for, esp. as a servant.
synonyms:
wait on, work for
similar words:
assist, attend, wait upon
definition 3: to fulfill (a term of service, imprisonment, or the like).
similar words:
carry out, complete, do, fulfill, pass, perform, represent
definition 4: to offer or provide food and drink to.
synonyms:
wait on
similar words:
accommodate, assist, help
definition 5: to offer or provide (food and drink).
synonyms:
offer
similar words:
bring, cater, dish, provide
definition 6: to provide with something; supply.
synonyms:
furnish, provide, supply
similar words:
deliver, give, grant, present, render
definition 7: to treat in a specified way.
It will serve him right to miss the party.
synonyms:
suite
similar words:
fit
definition 8: in tennis and other games, to hit (the ball) to begin a point.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: in tennis and other games, an instance of serving, or the ability or tendency to serve in a particular way.
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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