HyperDic: serve

English > 16 senses of the word serve:
VERBstativeserve, functionserve a purpose, role, or function
competitionservedo duty or hold offices
stativeservecontribute or conduce to
socialserve, servicebe used by
consumptionserve, helphelp to some food
consumptionserve, serve up, dish out, dish up, dishprovide (usually but not necessarily food)
socialservedevote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
stativeserve, serve wellpromote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to
stativeserve, dospend time in prison or in a labor camp
socialserve, attend to, wait on, attend, assistwork for or be a servant to
contactserve, process, swear outdeliver a warrant or summons to someone
stativeserve, suffice, do, answerbe sufficient
socialservedo military service
contactserve, servicemate with
competitionserveput the ball into play
NOUNactserve, service(sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
serve > pronunciation
Soundsser'v
Rhymesconserve ... verve: 12 rhymes with erv...
English > serve: 16 senses > noun 1, act
Meaning(sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play.
Example"his powerful serves won the game"
Synonymservice
CategorybadmintonA game / game played on a court with light long-handled rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a net
squash, squash racquets, squash racketsA game / game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets
tennis, lawn tennisA game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
NarroweraceA serve that the receiver is unable to reach
fault(sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)
let, net ballA serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court
Broadertennis stroke, tennis shotThe act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket
Spanishsaque, servicio, servir
Catalanservei
Verbsserveput the ball into play
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 1, stative
MeaningServe a purpose, role, or function.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "The tree stump serves as a table"
  • "The female students served as a control group"
  • "This table would serve very well"
  • "His freedom served him well"
Synonymfunction
Narroweract asFunction as or act like
preludeServe as a prelude or opening to
Broadersuffice, do, answer, serveBe sufficient
Similar toservice, serveBe used by
Spanishejercer, servir
Catalanexercir, fer de, servir
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 2, competition
MeaningDo duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
Examples
  • "He served as head of the department for three years"
  • "She served in Congress for two terms"
NarroweractDischarge one's duties
caddie, caddyact as a caddie and carry clubs for a player
officiate, functionPerform duties attached to a particular office or place or function
representBe a delegate or spokesperson for
rotatePerform a job or duty on a rotating basis
sitServe in a specific professional capacity
staffServe on the staff of
Broaderwork, do workBe employed
Similar toserveDo military service
Spanishejercer
Catalanexercir
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 3, stative
Meaningcontribute or conduce to.
PatternSomething is ----ing PP; Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Example"The scandal served to increase his popularity"
Narrowerhelp, facilitateBe of use
Broadereffect, effectuate, set upproduce
Similar toserve, serve wellPromote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to
Spanishservir
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 4, social
MeaningBe used by; as of a utility.
PatternSomething is ----ing PP; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Examples
  • "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"
  • "The garage served to shelter his horses"
Synonymservice
Broaderfunction, work, operate, go, runPerform as expected when applied
Similar toserve, functionServe a purpose, role, or function
Spanishatender, servir
Catalanservir
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 5, consumption
MeaningHelp to some food; help with food or drink.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
ModelSam cannot serve Sue
Example"I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
Synonymhelp
Broaderprovide, supply, ply, caterGive what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
Similar toserve, serve up, dish out, dish up, dishProvide (usually but not necessarily food)
Spanishservir
Catalanservir
Nounsserverutensil used in serving food or drink
servera person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)
servingan individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 6, consumption
MeaningProvide (usually but not necessarily food).
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelThe chefs serve the vegetables
Examples
  • "We serve meals for the homeless"
  • "The entertainers served up a lively show"
Synonymsserve up, dish out, dish up, dish
Narrowerplankcook and serve on a plank
Broaderprovide, supply, ply, caterGive what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
Similar toserve, helpHelp to some food
Spanishservir
Catalanservir
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 7, social
Meaningdevote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Examples
  • "She served the art of music"
  • "He served the church"
  • "serve the country"
BroaderworkExert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
Similar toserve, attend to, wait on, attend, assistWork for or be a servant to
Spanishservir
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 8, stative
MeaningPromote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "Art serves commerce"
  • "Their interests are served"
  • "The lake serves recreation"
  • "The President's wisdom has served the country well"
Synonymserve well
Broaderfoster, nurtureHelp develop, help grow
Similar toservecontribute or conduce to
Spanishservir para
Nounsservantin a subordinate position
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 9, stative
Meaningspend time in prison or in a labor camp.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s PP
Synonymdo
NarroweradmitServe as a means of entrance
Broaderspend, passPass time in a specific way
Spanishservir
Catalanservir
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 10, social
MeaningWork for or be a servant to.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Somebody ----s somebody with something
ModelSam cannot serve Sue
Examples
  • "May I serve you?"
  • "The minister served the King for many years"
Synonymsattend to, wait on, attend, assist
Narrowerfagact as a servant for older boys, in British public schools
valetServe as a personal attendant to
Broaderhelp, assist, aidGive help or assistance
Similar toservedevote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
Spanishasistir, atender, cuidar, ser útil, servir
Catalanassistir, servir
Nounsservanta person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
servitorsomeone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 11, contact
Meaningdeliver a warrant or summons to someone.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody with something
Synonymsprocess, swear out
NarrowersubpoenaServe or summon with a subpoena
wash, rinseclean with some chemical process
BroaderdeliverBring to a destination, make a delivery
Spanishcitar, notificar, procesar
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 12, stative
MeaningBe sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity.
PatternSomething ----s
Example "Nothing else will serve"
Synonymssuffice, do, answer
Narrowergo a long waysuffice or be adequate for a while or to a certain extent
go aroundBe sufficient
qualify, measure upprove capable or fit
serve, functionServe a purpose, role, or function
tide over, bridge over, keep goingsuffice for a period between two points
Broadersatisfy, fulfill, fulfil, live up toMeet the requirements or expectations of
Spanishbastar
Catalanbastar
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 13, social
MeaningDo military service.
PatternSomebody ----s
Examples
  • "She served in Vietnam"
  • "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted "
Broaderwork, do workBe employed
Similar toserveDo duty or hold offices
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 14, contact
Meaningmate with.
PatternSomething ----s something
Example"male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
Synonymservice
NarrowerstandBe available for stud services
Broadercopulate, mate, pair, coupleEngage in sexual intercourse
Spanishseducir
English > serve: 16 senses > verb 15, competition
Meaningput the ball into play.
PatternSomebody ----s
Example"It was Agassi's turn to serve"
Categorycourt gameAn athletic game played on a court
NarroweraceServe an ace against (someone)
Broadermove, goHave a turn
Spanishsacar, servir
Nounsserve(sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
server(court games) the player who serves to start a point

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