Definition of "serve" []

  • To work for. (verb-transitive)
  • To be a servant to. (verb-transitive)
  • To prepare and offer (food, for example): serve tea. (verb-transitive)
  • To place food before (someone); wait on: served the guests a wonderful dinner. (verb-transitive)
  • To provide goods and services for (customers): a hotel that has served tourists at the same location for 30 years. (verb-transitive)
  • To be in the service of (a person) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To render or be of service to (a person, cause, etc); help (verb)
  • (in a shop) to give (customers) information about articles for sale and to hand over articles purchased (verb)
  • To provide (guests, customers, etc) with food, drink, etc (verb)
  • To distribute or provide (food, drink, etc) for guests, customers, etc (verb)
  • To present (food, drink, etc) in a specified manner (verb)
  • To provide with a regular supply of (verb)
  • To work actively for (verb)
  • To pay homage to (verb)
  • To answer the requirements of; suit (verb)
  • To have a use; function (verb)
  • To go through (a period of service, enlistment, imprisonment, etc) (verb)
  • (of weather, conditions, etc) to be favourable or suitable (verb)
  • (of a male animal) to copulate with (a female animal) (verb)
  • To put (the ball) into play (verb)
  • To act as server at Mass or other services (verb)
  • To deliver (a legal document, esp a writ or summons) to (a person) (verb)
  • To provide (a machine, etc) with an impulse or signal for control purposes or with a continuous supply of fuel, working material, etc (verb)
  • To bind (a rope, spar, etc) with wire or fine cord to protect it from chafing, etc (verb)
  • A portion or helping of food or drink (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "serve" in a sentence
  • "The fact that Bayut. com stood out amongst the crowd of websites competing for the title serve as a testament to its authority in the field."
  • "The only purpose this legislation seems to serve is to kick the bucket further down the road and in the mean time give democrats hope of creating a government sponsored enterprise in the form of the domestic automobile industry."
  • "In mixed doubles, the serve is always gender to gender at deuce (three points each)."