Dictionary Results for serve


1. serve - noun

· (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game"

Synonym(s): service

Hypernym(s): tennis_stroke, tennis_shot




2. serve - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): function

Hypernym(s): suffice, do, answer, serve




3. serve - verb

· 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"

Hypernym(s): work, do_work




4. serve - verb

· contribute or conduce to; "The scandal served to increase his popularity"

Hypernym(s): effect, effectuate, set_up




5. serve - verb

· be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses"

Synonym(s): service

Hypernym(s): function, work, operate, go, run




6. serve - verb

· help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"

Synonym(s): help

Hypernym(s): provide, supply, ply, cater




7. serve - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): serve_up, dish_out, dish_up, dish

Hypernym(s): provide, supply, ply, cater




8. serve - verb

· 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"

Hypernym(s): work




9. serve - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): serve_well

Hypernym(s): foster, nurture




10. serve - verb

· spend time in prison or in a labor camp; "He did six years for embezzlement"

Synonym(s): do

Hypernym(s): spend, pass




11. serve - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): attend_to, wait_on, attend, assist

Hypernym(s): help, assist, aid




12. serve - verb

· deliver a warrant or summons to someone; "He was processed by the sheriff"

Synonym(s): process, swear_out

Hypernym(s): deliver




13. serve - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): suffice, do, answer

Hypernym(s): satisfy, fulfill, fulfil, live_up_to




14. serve - verb

· do military service; "She served in Vietnam"; "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted"

Hypernym(s): work, do_work




15. serve - verb

· mate with; "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"

Synonym(s): service

Hypernym(s): copulate, mate, pair, couple




16. serve - verb

· put the ball into play; "It was Agassi's turn to serve"

Hypernym(s): move, go





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