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serve

 
 
pronunciation:
suhrv
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part of speech: verb
inflections: serves, serving, served
definition 1: to help (people) as part of one's job or as a volunteer.
The woman who served me at the store knew a lot about the items for sale.
synonyms:
aid, assist, help
similar words:
accommodate, attend
definition 2: to be useful to (one's community or country).
They are serving the community by planting flowers and trees.
 
definition 3: to offer or provide food and drink to.
The waiter who served us was very polite.
synonyms:
wait on
similar words:
accommodate, assist, help
definition 4: to complete a period of service.
He served as president for eight years.
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  • 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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