What is serve?

  • (verb): Be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity.
    Example: "Nothing else will serve"
    Synonyms: suffice, do, answer
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "serve":

  • (verb): Do military service.
    Example: "She served in Vietnam"; "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted"
  • (verb): Provide (usually but not necessarily food).
    Example: "We serve meals for the homeless"
    Synonyms: serve up, dish out, dish up, dish
  • (verb): Spend time in prison or in a labor camp.
    Synonyms: do
  • (verb): Put the ball into play.
    Example: "It was Agassi's turn to serve"
  • (verb): Contribute or conduce to.
    Example: "The scandal served to increase his popularity"
  • (verb): Mate with.
    Example: "Male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
    Synonyms: service
  • (verb): Help to some food; help with food or drink.
    Synonyms: help
  • (verb): Promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to.
    Synonyms: serve well
  • (verb): Devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas.
    Example: "She served the art of music"; "He served the church"; "serve the country"
  • (noun): (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play.
    Synonyms: service
  • (verb): Do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function.
    Example: "He served as head of the department for three years"; "She served in Congress for two terms"
  • (verb): Serve a purpose, role, or function.
    Example: "This table would serve very well"
    Synonyms: function
  • (verb): Be used by; as of a utility.
    Synonyms: service

Famous quotes containing the word serve:

    Children belong in families, which, ideally, serve as a sanctuary and a cushion from the world at large. Parents belong to society and are a part of that greater world. Sometimes parents are a channel to the larger society, sometimes they are a shield from it. Ideally they act as filters, guiding their children and teaching them to avoid the tempting trash.
    Louise Hart (20th century)

    They also serve who only stand and wait.
    John Milton (1608–1674)

    The entire world is my temple, and a very fine one too, if I’m not mistaken, and I’ll never lack priests to serve it as long as there are men.
    Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466–1536)