service vs serve :

service vs serve

service or serve

Service is an event in which an individual takes the responsibility that something desirable happens on behalf of someone else. It is also a state of being subordinated to an individual or a group.

"Lancelot was in the service of King Arthur till his death."

Serve means to be a formal servant for someone greater, to worship in official capacity. It is to be a servant or work as an aid to someone.

"He went to serve his country for a year by joining the military."

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  • n  work done by one person or group that benefits another
    budget separately for goods and services
  • n  an act of help or assistance
    he did them a service
  • n  the act of public worship following prescribed rules
    the Sunday service
  • n  a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
  • n  employment in or work for another
    he retired after 30 years of service
  • 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
    he accepted service of the subpoena
  • n  periodic maintenance on a car or machine
  • n  the performance of duties by a waiter or servant
    that restaurant has excellent service
  • v  be used by; as of a utility
  • v  make fit for use
    service my truck
    the washing machine needs to be serviced
  • v  mate with

  • n  (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
    his powerful serves won the game
  • v  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
  • v  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  contribute or conduce to
    The scandal served to increase his popularity
  • v  be used by; as of a utility
    The sewage plant served the neighboring communities
    The garage served to shelter his horses
  • v  help to some food; help with food or drink
    I served him three times, and after that he helped himself
  • v  provide (usually but not necessarily food)
    We serve meals for the homeless
    The entertainers served up a lively show
  • v  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  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  spend time in prison or in a labor camp
  • v  work for or be a servant to
    May I serve you?
    The minister served the King for many years
  • v  deliver a warrant or summons to someone
  • v  be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    Nothing else will serve
  • v  do military service
    She served in Vietnam
    My sons never served, because they are short-sighted
  • v  mate with
    male animals serve the females for breeding purposes
  • v  put the ball into play
    It was Agassi's turn to serve
News & Articles

  • 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.
    June 15, 2013 - The Record Gazette
  • Thousands Of Volunteers Participate In 20th Annual Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon
    The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Chicago people spruce up schools, parks and playgrounds for the 20th annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon, reports WBBM's Mike Krauser.
    June 15, 2013 - CBS Chicago
  • Serve NCH yard sale
    North College Hill nonprofit organization Serve NCH is having a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at 6950 La Boiteaux Ave.
    June 13, 2013 - The Cincinnati Enquirer