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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.

Synonyms:

manage, fare, wait on, put in, litigate, advert, coiffe, carry out, suffice, look, take to heart, do for, religious service, divine service, service of process, come, profit, set, armed service, practise, deal out, inspection and repair, distribute, dishonor, assist, excess, pay heed, betray, go, labor, behave, see, dole out, parcel out, substitute, perform, action, cause, minister to, take care, subserve, execute, reply, advantage, answer, care for, complete, serve up, process, agree, follow, arrange, hang, mete out, treat, serve well, deal, respond, toil, servicing, get along, serving, do, administer, resolve, table service, go to, work on, shell out, act, help oneself, march, swear out, run, service, coiffure, boot, attend, officiate, ingestion, time, military service, dish, give ear, overhaul, dress, make, lot, attend to, dish up, dish out, make out, coif, sue.

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