What is serve?

  • (verb): Spend time in prison or in a labor camp.
    Synonyms: do
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "serve":

  • (verb): Contribute or conduce to.
    Example: "The scandal served to increase his popularity"
  • (verb): Do military service.
    Example: "She served in Vietnam"; "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted"
  • (verb): Put the ball into play.
    Example: "It was Agassi's turn to serve"
  • (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): 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"
  • (verb): Help to some food; help with food or drink.
    Synonyms: help
  • (verb): Provide (usually but not necessarily food).
    Example: "We serve meals for the homeless"
    Synonyms: serve up, dish out, dish up, dish
  • (verb): Mate with.
    Example: "Male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
    Synonyms: service
  • (verb): Be used by; as of a utility.
    Synonyms: service
  • (verb): Serve a purpose, role, or function.
    Example: "This table would serve very well"
    Synonyms: function
  • (verb): Be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity.
    Example: "Nothing else will serve"
    Synonyms: suffice, do, answer
  • (noun): (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play.
    Synonyms: service
  • (verb): Promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to.
    Synonyms: serve well

Famous quotes containing the word serve:

    Trying to love your children equally is a losing battle. Your children’s scorecards will never match your own. No matter how meticulously you measure and mete out your love and attention, and material gifts, it will never feel truly equal to your children. . . . Your children will need different things at different times, and true equality won’t really serve their different needs very well, anyway.
    Marianne E. Neifert (20th century)

    War is in truth a disease in which the juices that serve health and maintenance are used for the sole purpose of nourishing something foreign, something at odds with nature.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    At the door of every happy person there should be a man with a hammer whose knock would serve as a constant reminder of the existence of unfortunate people.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)