1 attend (to), wait on or upon, minister to, look after (the needs of), be at (someone's) beck and call, assist, help, be of assistance or help, be in the service of, oblige, accommodate, gratify:
After a patron is seated and settled, approach him and ask, 'May I serve you, Sir (or Madam, as the case may be ) ?' We serve all customers with equal consideration.
2 fulfil or carry out or perform or discharge (a function or a duty or one's duty), work (for), do (duty) (as or for), do one's part, suffice, be used or of use or useful (to or for), function (as or to), act (as or to), fill the bill, be serviceable (as or for), be available (for), answer (for), be sufficient or adequate or suitable, suit, be advantageous or of advantage (to); fight (for), be obedient (to), take one's part:
This catch will serve to keep the door closed. I had no screw driver, but a coin served just as well. They also serve who only stand and wait
3 distribute, deal out, dole out, give out, present, set out, provide, supply, offer, pass out or about or around, make available, come (a)round with, dish up or out:
They will serve hors-d'oeuvres at seven-thirty. Dinner is served, Madam.
4 be convenient or opportune or favourable (to):
If the opportunity serves me, I shall repay you many times over.
5 not fail, not play tricks (on), work or function (for), be accurate or correct:
If memory serves, he was last here about ten years ago.
6 go through, complete, spend, last, endure, survive:
Henryson served ten years in Dartmoor for that crime.
1 give sb food or drink
Pour the sauce over the pasta and serve immediately.
VERB + SERVE
be ready to
Cover and chill the salad until ready to serve.
They served a wonderful meal to more than 50 delegates.
The delegates were served with a wonderful meal. Serve the lamb with new potatoes and green beans.
serve sth chilled/cold/hot
The quiche can be served hot or cold.
faithfully, loyally, well
She served the family faithfully for many years (= as a servant).
VERB + SERVE
I shall continue to serve as a trustee.
She served in the medical corps.
He served under John Major in the early 1990s.
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