serve

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v serve put the ball into play "It was Agassi's turn to serve"
    • v serve do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function "He served as head of the department for three years","She served in Congress for two terms"
    • v serve provide (usually but not necessarily food) "We serve meals for the homeless","She dished out the soup at 8 P.M.","The entertainers served up a lively show"
    • v serve help to some food; help with food or drink "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
    • v serve mate with "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
    • v serve deliver a warrant or summons to someone "He was processed by the sheriff"
    • v serve do military service "She served in Vietnam","My sons never served, because they are short-sighted"
    • v serve work for or be a servant to "May I serve you?","She attends the old lady in the wheelchair","Can you wait on our table, please?","Is a salesperson assisting you?","The minister served the King for many years"
    • v serve be used by; as of a utility "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities","The garage served to shelter his horses"
    • v serve devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas "She served the art of music","He served the church","serve the country"
    • v serve be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity "A few words would answer","This car suits my purpose well","Will $100 do?","A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school","Nothing else will serve"
    • v serve contribute or conduce to "The scandal served to increase his popularity"
    • v serve promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to "Art serves commerce","Their interests are served","The lake serves recreation","The President's wisdom has served the country well"
    • v serve serve a purpose, role, or function "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","The table functions as a desk"
    • v serve spend time in prison or in a labor camp "He did six years for embezzlement"
    • n serve (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play "his powerful serves won the game"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing...
Serving Table Complete Serving Table Complete
Detail of Serving Table Detail of Serving Table
Serving in the Place of a Cravat--3-51-386 Serving in the Place of a Cravat--3-51-386
The dog is served water by one of his many attendants The dog is served water by one of his many attendants
And vowed he would serve them the same the next day And vowed he would serve them the same the next day
serving dish and spoon serving dish and spoon
Wolsey is served food and wine while minstrels play Wolsey is served food and wine while minstrels play

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1886, Coca-cola was first served at a pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia for only five cents a glass. A pharmacist named John Pemberton created the formula for Coca-cola
    • Serve 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. "Bid them cover the table, serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.""Some part he roasts, then serves it up so dressed."
    • Serve To answer or be (in the place of something) to; as, a sofa serves one for a seat and a couch.
    • Serve 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. "The Lord shall give thee rest . . . from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve ."
    • Serve 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. "Many . . . who had before been great commanders, but now served as private gentlemen without pay."
    • Serve To be of use; to answer a purpose; to suffice; to suit; to be convenient or favorable. "This little brand will serve to light your fire.""As occasion serves , this noble queen
      And prince shall follow with a fresh supply."
    • Serve To be subordinate to; to act a secondary part under; to appear as the inferior of; to minister to. "Bodies bright and greater should not serve The less not bright."
    • Serve To be suitor to; to profess love to. "To serve a lady in his beste wise."
    • Serve (Law) To bring to notice, deliver, or execute, either actually or constructively, in such manner as the law requires; as, to serve a summons.
    • Serve To contribute or conduce to; to promote; to be sufficient for; to satisfy; as, to serve one's turn. "Turn it into some advantage, by observing where it can serve another end."
    • Serve To copulate with; to cover; as, a horse serves a mare; -- said of the male.
    • Serve (Tennis) To lead off in delivering (the ball).
    • Serve (Tennis) To lead off in delivering the ball.
    • Serve (Law) To make legal service opon (a person named in a writ, summons, etc.); as, to serve a witness with a subpœna.
    • Serve To pass or spend, as time, esp. time of punishment; as, to serve a term in prison.
    • Serve To perform domestic offices; to be occupied with household affairs; to prepare and dish up food, etc. "But Martha . . . said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?"
    • Serve 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.
    • Serve To treat; to behave one's self to; to requite; to act toward; as, he served me very ill.
    • Serve 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. "Others, pampered in their shameless pride,
      Are served in plate and in their chariots ride."
    • Serve (Naut) 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.
    • Serve 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. "God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit.""Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.""No man can serve two masters.""Had I but served my God with half the zeal
      I served my king, he would not in mine age
      Have left me naked to mine enemies."
    • Serve To work; to operate; as, to serve the guns.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pancakes are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Australia
    • serve To attend or wait upon; act as servant to; work for; be in the employment of as a slave, domestic, hired helper, or the like.
    • serve To render spiritual obedience and worship to; conform to the law and do the will of.
    • serve To be subordinate or subservient to; minister to.
    • serve To wait on or attend in the services of the table or at meals.
    • serve To bring forward and place or arrange, as viands or food on a table: often with up, formerly with forth or in.
    • serve To administer the service of; perform the duties required for: as, a curate may serve two churches.
    • serve To contribute or conduce to; promote.
    • serve To aid by good offices; minister to the wants or well-being of.
    • serve To be of use to instead of something else: with for: as, a sofa may serve one for a bed.
    • serve To regulate one's conduct in accordance with the spirit, fashion, or demands of; comply with.
    • serve To behave toward; treat; requite: as, he served me very shabbily.
    • serve To suffice; satisfy; content.
    • serve To be of use or service to; answer the requirements of; avail.
    • serve To be a professed lover of; be a suitor to.
    • serve To handle; manipulate; work; manage: as, the guns were well served.
    • serve Nautical, to bind or wind tightly with small cord, generally spun-yarn or marline: as, to serve a backstay.
    • serve In law, to deliver or send to; present to in due form; communicate by delivery or by reading, according to different methods prescribed by different laws: often with on or upon before the person: as, to serve a notice upon a tenant.
    • serve To supply; furnish: usually said of regular and continuous supply: as, a newsman serves families with papers; a reservoir serves a town with water.
    • serve To earn.
    • serve To copulate with; cover: used of male animals, as stallions, jacks, or bulls, kept for breeding purposes at a price.
    • serve To deliver, as a ball, in the manner of the first player in tennis or lawn-tennis, or the pitcher in base-ball: as, he served a swift ball.
    • serve To deserve.
    • serve Synonyms To labor for, attend, aid, assist, help.
    • serve To advance, forward, benefit.
    • serve To be or act as a servant or attendant; be employed in services or ministrations for another: formerly with to.
    • serve Specifically.
    • serve To perform domestic offices for another; wait upon one as a servant.
    • serve To discharge the duties of an office or employment; do duty in any capacity under authority, especially as a soldier or seaman.
    • serve To be in subjection or servitude.
    • serve Eccles., to act as server at the celebration of the eucharist. See server, 1 .
    • serve To answer the purpose; accomplish the end; avail; be sufficient; suffice: often followed by a present infinitive of purpose.
    • serve To suit; be convenient; be favorable: said especially of a favoring wind or current.
    • serve To be a professed lover or suitor.
    • serve To deliver or bat the ball, as done by the player who leads off in tennis or lawn-tennis.
    • n serve In tennis or lawn-tennis:
    • n serve The act of the first player in striking the ball, or the style in which the ball is then delivered: as, a good serve.
    • n serve The right of hitting or delivering the ball first: as, it is my serve.
    • n serve The service-tree.
    • n serve The fruit of the service-tree.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Taco Bell serves over 35 million consumers each week in the USA
    • v.t Serve sėrv to be a servant to, to work for and obey: to attend or wait upon: to work for: to obey: to be subservient or subordinate to: to wait upon at table, &c.: to do duty for: to treat, behave towards: to render worship to: to aid by good offices: to minister to a priest at mass: to comply with: to requite: to handle, manipulate: to furnish: :
    • v.i Serve to be employed as a servant, to discharge any regular duty: to be in subjection: to suffice, to avail, to be suitable or favourable
    • n Serve in tennis, the act of the first player in striking the ball, or the style in which this is done
    • v.t Serve sėrv (naut.) to bind with small cord
    • v.t Serve sėrv (law) to deliver or present formally: to furnish: to cover, of stallions, &c.: to deliver the ball in tennis
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Quotations

  • Samuel Smiles
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    “The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest of men have had to serve.”
  • John Milton
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    “They also serve who only stand and wait.”
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
    Rutherford B. Hayes
    “He serves his party best who serves his country best.”
  • J. Reuben Clark
    J. Reuben Clark
    “In the service of the Lord, it is not where but how you serve.”
  • Georg Hegel
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    “If you want to love you must serve, if you want freedom you must die.”
  • Albert Schweitzer
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    “I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

Idioms

First come, first served - This means there will be no preferential treatment and a service will be provided to those that arrive first.
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Serve time - When someone is serving time, they are in prison.
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Serve your country - When someone is serving their country, they have enrolled in the military.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L. servire,; akin to servus, a servant or slave, servare, to protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har, to protect, haurva, protecting. Cf. Conserve Desert merit, Dessert Observe Serf Sergeant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. servir—L. servīre, to serve.

Usage

In literature:

A specimen which I gathered was divided between two families, and was served at several meals on successive days.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
The real trouble lies in the fact that they are, in the majority of instances, served with cream and sugar.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
The name baptistery is also given to a kind of chapel in a large church, which serves the same purpose.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Planting between ridges, as elsewhere described, serves the same purpose of protection.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
When it rains they are served in big shelters closed on three sides.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
Serve it up as a dressing for the head.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Law should be made to serve in the same way that food and raiment and other necessaries of life serve.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
When the host or hostess does the serving, the guest is served first.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
In the suburbs were many tents where coffee was served.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
But perhaps by serving Charles he was serving Louis.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
When well mixed, bake it half an hour, with paste round the dish, and serve it with pudding sauce.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Strain it through a sieve; set it on the fire; stir it frequently; and serve it hot.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Therefore, I will serve.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
As it served the Hebrew in his time it has grown to serve others to this day.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
In serving, turn the custard out on to a dish, and serve.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
The younger one served her so faithfully, however, that all the people spoke of his filial affection.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
During the Civil War he served for the king, and at the Restoration was created a knight.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Served in the volunteers during the Rebellion of 1837.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
L.J., 143, Learning to Serve.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
The man of this new age has the railroad to serve him.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
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In poetry:

Thus let me serve Thee from my heart,
Whate'er may be my written fate:
Whether thus early to depart,
Or yet a while to wait.
""I hoped, that with the brave and strong..."" by Anne Bronte
Broad as the Master whom he served,
And tolerant as the summer air;
The pity that nor failed nor swerved
Was with him, and was always there.
"In Memoriam" by Alexander Anderson
To Christ may I lead them to own
The charms of his tender controul,
And with gratitude gaze on His throne.
Whom to serve is the joy of the soul!
"Hymn - I" by William Hayley
"I have known friends--but who can feel
The kindness such a father knew?
I serv'd him still with tender zeal,
But knew not then how much was due!
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Second" by Matilda Betham
``And when the dawn of manhood brought
The hour to choose to be of those
Who serve for gold, or sway by thought,
You doubted not, and rightly chose.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
If in thy youth it be thy use,
To serve thy God — thou canst not chuse
But serve him still, when age appears,
And silvers o'er thy dropping hairs.
"Mr. Prichard's Advice To His Son Samuel" by Rees Prichard

In news:

When ready to eat or pack, unwrap the loaf, cut into servings, and serve, or rewrap and pack.
So Bad Brains serves up what reggae would be if it was torched and then served extra-dry martinis.
Serves Alcohol Takeout Serves Wine Serves Beer Accept Credit Cards.
You know anyone who has served or is serving our country in the armed forces is a veteran.
It's time to commit to programs that will serve our troops with the same fidelity with which they serve us.
26 to 32 servings Serving size: 1 cupcake Yield: 26 to 32 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes.
Folks reach out to serve, be served.
Members interested in serving on The Reading List Council should read about serving on the Council.
8 servings Serving size: 1 slice.
Just reading them made me realize how much is owed by us to every Canadian who ever served or who currently serves in our armed forces in whatever capacity.
16 servings Serving size: 1/4 cup Yield: 8 cups.
To serve, arrange salmon on a serving dish.
Serving those who served our country.
Open Sunday Serves Wine Serves Beer Accept Credit Cards.
Red served his country in the United States Navy serving two tours one during WWII and one during Korea.
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In science:

This serves only as a – in a certain sense natural – background measure by that means using the dynamics of the system the “physical” measure can be constructed.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
This tetrad field will serve as the starting point for the construction of two different types of coordinates.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
This simple current has integral conformal weight and hence can indeed serve as an extension.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Thus, a random walk again serves as a good test for random numbers.
Exact solutions to chaotic and stochastic systems
They will also serve as integrators in the filtered calculus developed in .
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
Regular expressions are widely used in non-structured text processing, serving as a core model in many text processing applications .
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
In other words, in FSTAs all input symbols can serve as what corresponds to states in traditional automata—for example, they can occur in right hand sides of rules from ∆.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
The situation is now that f1 can serve as a control map.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
The quantity −k2 serves as the energy eigenvalue.
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
Thus, a random walk again serves as a good test for pseudorandom numbers.
A mechanism for randomness
What is its must also be written in units of argument? The external source function φc (X ) (cf Eqs.(2.9-10)) actually serves to probe characteristic distances of the system.
Critical properties of $\Phi^4_{1+1}$-theory in Light-Cone Quantization
Actually, these serve as centers of the desingularizing blowups C = ZI , for all k we have that ordC ck ≥ m − k > 0, where ordC ck = inf x∈C (ordx ck ).
On certain generalized Hardy's inequalities and applications
These are not guaranteed to be optimal, but in many cases they can serve as reasonable approximations .
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
Corollary 7.9); and it also serves as an example of a separable nuclear simple C ∗ -algebra that is tensorially prime (cf.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
Our δ , on the other hand, serves much like the α of statistical testing.
Evaluating Defaults
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