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Definition of serve:

  1. 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.
  2. To answer or be ( in the place of something) to; as, a sofa serves one for a seat and a couch.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. etc.
  5. To be of use; to answer a purpose; to suffice; to suit; to be convenient or favorable.
  6. To be subordinate to; to act a secondary part under; to appear as the inferior of; to minister to.
  7. To be suitor to; to profess love to.
  8. To bring to notice, deliver, or execute, either actually or constructively, in such manner as the law requires; as, to serve a summons.
  9. To contribute or conduce to; to promote; to be sufficient for; to satisfy; as, to serve one's turn.
  10. To copulate with; to cover; as, a horse serves a mare; - said of the male.
  11. To lead off in delivering the ball.
  12. To make legal service opon ( a person named in a writ, summons, etc.); as, to serve a witness with a subpna.
  13. To pass or spend, as time, esp. time of punishment; as, to serve a term in prison.
  14. To perform domestic offices; to be occupied with household affairs; to prepare and dish up food, etc.
  15. To perform the duties belonging to, or required in or for; hence, to be of use to; as, a curate may serve two churches; to serve one's country.
  16. To treat; to behave one's self to; to requite; to act toward; as, he served me very ill.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. To work for; to labor in behalf of; to exert one's self continuously or statedly for the benefit of; to do service for; to be in the employment of, as an inferior, domestic, serf, slave, hired assistant, official helper, etc.; specifically, in a religious sense, to obey and worship.


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