service vs serve : Common Errors in English

About service vs serve

A mechanic services your car and a stallion services a mare; but most ofthe time when you want to talk about the goods or services you supply,the word you want is “serve": “Our firm serves the hotel industry."

service Meaning(s)

  • (n) work done by one person or group that benefits another
  • (n) an act of help or assistance
  • (n) the act of public worship following prescribed rules
  • (n) a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
  • (n) employment in or work for another
  • (n) a force that is a branch of the armed forces
  • (n) Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)
  • (n) a means of serving
  • (n) tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table
  • (n) the act of mating by male animals
  • (n) (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him
  • (n) (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
  • (n) the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone
  • (n) periodic maintenance on a car or machine
  • (n) the performance of duties by a waiter or servant
  • (v) be used by; as of a utility
  • (v) make fit for use
  • (v) mate with

serve Meaning(s)

  • (n) (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
  • (v) serve a purpose, role, or function
  • (v) do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function
  • (v) contribute or conduce to
  • (v) be used by; as of a utility
  • (v) help to some food; help with food or drink
  • (v) provide (usually but not necessarily food)
  • (v) devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
  • (v) promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to
  • (v) spend time in prison or in a labor camp
  • (v) work for or be a servant to
  • (v) deliver a warrant or summons to someone
  • (v) be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
  • (v) do military service
  • (v) mate with
  • (v) put the ball into play

service in News

  1. Memorial service today for Chesterfield soldier killed in Afghanistan

    The service for Kyle P. Stoeckli will be held at 4 p.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 8901 Winterpock Road, in Chesterfield.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

  2. Service scheduled for Iowa teen found in river

    A memorial service has been scheduled for a 15-year-old Iowa girl who was kidnapped and remained missing for more than two weeks before her body was discovered in a river.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KWQC-TV 6 Davenport

  3. Service Saturday honors Milford therapy horse

    A memorial service is planned for Laura, the beloved Percheron draft horse that worked at GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center in Milford.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Pocono Record

serve in News

  1. Candidates sought to serve on commission

    Community Action Partnership of Riverside County is seeking candidates to serve on the Community Action Commission. The Commissioners will be elected at Community Forums to be held in all five Supervisorial Districts.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Record Gazette

  2. Man to serve 16 years for stabbing, robbing 'shrimp lady' in Waveland

    BAY ST. LOUIS -- A 61-year-old man has been ordered to serve 16 years in prison, day for day, for stabbing and robbing a woman who was selling shrimp from the back of her van in Waveland.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Biloxi Sun Herald

  3. Man to serve 20 years for home invasion, assault on fellow inmate

    A Bowling Green man was ordered Monday to serve a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to taking part in a home invasion and later assaulting a fellow Warren County Regional Jail inmate.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bowling Green Daily News

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