• (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) To be subordinate to; to act a secondary part under; to appear as the inferior of; to minister to.
  • (v. t.) To be suitor to; to profess love to.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) To contribute or conduce to; to promote; to be sufficient for; to satisfy; as, to serve one's turn.
  • (v. t.) To answer or be (in the place of something) to; as, a sofa serves one for a seat and a couch.
  • (v. t.) To treat; to behave one's self to; to requite; to act toward; as, he served me very ill.
  • (v. t.) To work; to operate; as, to serve the guns.
  • (v. t.) To bring to notice, deliver, or execute, either actually or constructively, in such manner as the law requires; as, to serve a summons.
  • (v. t.) To make legal service opon (a person named in a writ, summons, etc.); as, to serve a witness with a subp/na.
  • (v. t.) To pass or spend, as time, esp. time of punishment; as, to serve a term in prison.
  • (v. t.) To copulate with; to cover; as, a horse serves a mare; -- said of the male.
  • (v. t.) To lead off in delivering (the ball).
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. i.) 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.
  • (v. i.) To perform domestic offices; to be occupied with household affairs; to prepare and dish up food, etc.
  • (v. i.) 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.
  • (v. i.) To be of use; to answer a purpose; to suffice; to suit; to be convenient or favorable.
  • (v. i.) To lead off in delivering the ball.

Compare serve with other words:

serve vs. verve

sere vs. serve

serve vs. served

serve vs. swerve

nerve vs. serve

serie vs. serve

serge vs. serve

seave vs. serve

represent vs. serve

aid vs. serve

advise vs. serve

act vs. serve

serve vs. usher

obey vs. serve

misserve vs. serve

servable vs. serve

bestead vs. serve

protect vs. serve

provide vs. serve

reprehensible vs. serve

serve vs. wait

serve vs. support

count vs. serve

box vs. serve

offer vs. serve

help vs. serve

serve vs. valet

parcelling vs. serve

casserole vs. serve

caterer vs. serve

serve vs. summons

impressed vs. serve

lackey vs. serve

explanatory vs. serve

serve vs. veteran

convent vs. serve

commemorate vs. serve

nark vs. serve

fringe vs. serve

exemplify vs. serve

fault vs. serve

mineral vs. serve

serve vs. tend

serve vs. subserve

reserve vs. serve

preserve vs. serve

deserve vs. serve

conserve vs. serve

serve vs. servile

serve vs. server

attend vs. serve

copulate vs. serve

badminton vs. serve

serve vs. tennis

net vs. serve

lead vs. serve

delivery vs. serve

military vs. serve

deliver vs. serve

serve vs. set

purpose vs. serve

serve vs. use

serve vs. useful

lover vs. serve

serve vs. suitor

duties vs. serve

serve vs. treat

serve vs. work

serve vs. worship

receive vs. serve

serve vs. serving

portion vs. serve

serve vs. shuttlecock

ball vs. serve

cater vs. serve

caddy vs. serve

balk vs. serve

return vs. serve

bayonet vs. serve

parcel vs. serve

serve vs. skink

await vs. serve

ladle vs. serve

serve vs. spoon

impress vs. serve

serve vs. service

belt vs. serve

serve vs. ship

function vs. serve

plate vs. serve

serve vs. underlie

attack vs. serve

let vs. serve

lay vs. serve

catch vs. serve

dish vs. serve

drink vs. serve

ace vs. serve

servant vs. serve