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Definitions of serve:
  • noun:   (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
    Example: "His powerful serves won the game"
  • verb:   do military service
    Example: "She served in Vietnam"
  • verb:   work for or be a servant to
    Example: "May I serve you?"
  • verb:   devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
    Example: "She served the art of music"
  • verb:   contribute or conduce to
    Example: "The scandal served to increase his popularity"
  • verb:   promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to
    Example: "Art serves commerce"
  • verb:   serve a purpose, role, or function
    Example: "The tree stump serves as a table"
  • verb:   spend time in prison or in a labor camp
  • 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"
  • verb:   provide (usually but not necessarily food)
    Example: "We serve meals for the homeless"
  • verb:   help to some food; help with food or drink
    Example: "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
  • verb:   mate with
    Example: "Male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
  • verb:   deliver a warrant or summons to someone
  • verb:   be used by; as of a utility
    Example: "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"
  • verb:   be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    Example: "Nothing else will serve"
  • name:  A surname (very rare: popularity rank in the U.S.: #78340)

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See serve used in context: 100 poetry verses, 137 Shakespeare works, 4 Mother Goose rhymes, 128 Bible passages, 161 definitions

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