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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
serve (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
a) to be a - servant
b) to do military or naval - service
2.
to assist a celebrant as at mass - server
3.
a) to be of use - in a day when few people could write, seals served as signatures Elizabeth W. King
b) to be favorable, opportune, or convenient
c) to be worthy of reliance or trust - if memory serves
d) to hold an office discharge a duty or function - serve on a jury
4.
to prove adequate or satisfactory - suffice it will serve for this task
5.
to help persons to food as
a) to wait at table
b) to set out portions of food or drink
6.
to wait on customers
7.
transitive verb
to put the ball or shuttlecock in play in various games (as tennis, volleyball, or badminton)
1.
a) to be a servant to - attend
b) to give the service and respect due to (a superior)
c) to comply with the commands or demands of - gratify
d) to give military or naval service to
e) to perform the duties of (an office or post)
2.
to act as server at (mass)
3.
archaic to pay a lover's or suitor's court to (a lady) - that gentle lady, whom I love and serve Edmund Spenser
4.
a) to work through (a term of service)
b) to put in (a term of imprisonment)
5.
a) to wait on at table
b) to bring (food) to a diner
c) - present provide usually used with up the novel served up many laughs
6.
a) to furnish or supply with something needed or desired
b) to wait on (a customer) in a store
c) to furnish professional service to
7.
a) to answer the needs of
b) to be enough for - suffice
c) to contribute or conduce to - promote
8.
to treat or act toward in a specified way - he served me ill
9.
a) to bring to notice, deliver, or execute as required by law
b) to make legal service upon (a person named in a process)
10.
of a male animal to copulate with
11.
to wind yarn or wire tightly around (a rope or stay) for protection
12.
to provide that benefit or help - services
13.
to put (the ball or shuttlecock) in play (as in tennis or badminton)
serve (noun)
the act or action of putting the ball or shuttlecock in play in various games (as volleyball, badminton, or tennis) , also a turn to serve - it's your serve
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
serve (verb)
1.
to be a servant for
SYNONIMS:
slave (for), work (for)
RELATED WORDS:
attend, minister (to), tend (to)
dance attendance (upon), wait on ( wait upon)
serve (verb)
2.
to be enough
SYNONIMS:
do, suffice
RELATED WORDS:
answer, suit; assuage, content, quench, sate, satiate, satisfy
serve (verb)
3.
to be fitting or proper
SYNONIMS:
befit, beseem, fit, go, serve, suit
RELATED WORDS:
satisfy, suffice; function, work
serve (verb)
4.
to behave toward in a stated way
SYNONIMS:
act (toward), be (to), deal (with), handle, serve, use
RELATED WORDS:
consider, esteem, rate, reckon, regard, view; engage (with), react (to), respond (to)
serve (verb)
5.
to have a certain purpose
SYNONIMS:
act, perform, serve, work
RELATED WORDS:
operate, run; administer, carry on, control, direct, guide, handle, manage, oversee, regulate, supervise
serve (verb)
6.
to provide with something useful or desirable
SYNONIMS:
advantage, avail, help, profit, serve
RELATED WORDS:
succeed, work (for); aid, assist; better, improve; content, delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; bless
NEAR ANTONYMS:
hinder, impede; damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure; afflict, distress, upset
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