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Definition 1: (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play - [noun denoting act]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his powerful serves won the game

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket

(... is a kind of serve ) a serve that the receiver is unable to reach

(... is a kind of serve ) (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)

"he served too many double faults"

(... is a kind of serve ) a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again

(serve belongs to category ...) a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets

(serve belongs to category ...) a game played on a court with light long-handled rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a net

(serve belongs to category ...) a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court

Definition 2: do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function - [verb of competition]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He served as head of the department for three years
  • She served in Congress for two terms

(serve is a kind of ...) be employed

"Is your husband working again?" "My wife never worked" "Do you want to work after the age of 60?" "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money" "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"

(... is a kind of serve ) serve in a specific professional capacity

"the priest sat for confession" "she sat on the jury"

(... is a kind of serve ) serve on the staff of

"The two men staff the reception desk"

(... is a kind of serve ) discharge one's duties

"She acts as the chair" "In what capacity are you acting?"

(... is a kind of serve ) perform a job or duty on a rotating basis

"Interns have to rotate for a few months"

(... is a kind of serve ) perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function

"His wife officiated as his private secretary"

(... is a kind of serve ) act as a caddie and carry clubs for a player

(... is a kind of serve ) be a delegate or spokesperson for; represent somebody's interest or be a proxy or substitute for, as of politicians and office holders representing their constituents, or of a tenant representing other tenants in a housing dispute

"I represent the silent majority"

(serve has a similar meaning as ...) do military service

"She served in Vietnam" "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted"

Definition 3: put the ball into play - [verb of competition]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • It was Agassi's turn to serve

(serve is a kind of ...) have a turn; make one's move in a game

"Can I go now?"

(... is a kind of serve ) serve an ace against (someone)

(serve belongs to category ...) an athletic game played on a court

Definition 4: provide (usually but not necessarily food) - [verb of consumption]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We serve meals for the homeless
  • She dished out the soup at 8 P.M.
  • The entertainers served up a lively show

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

"The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

(... is a kind of serve ) cook and serve on a plank

"Planked vegetable" "Planked shad"

(serve has a similar meaning as ...) help to some food; help with food or drink

"I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"

Definition 5: help to some food; help with food or drink - [verb of consumption]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I served him three times, and after that he helped himself

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

"The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

(serve has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 6: deliver a warrant or summons to someone - [verb of contact]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He was processed by the sheriff

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) bring to a destination, make a delivery

"our local super market delivers"

(... is a kind of serve ) serve or summon with a subpoena

"The witness and her records were subpoenaed"

(... is a kind of serve ) clean with some chemical process

Definition 7: mate with - [verb of contact]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • male animals serve the females for breeding purposes

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) engage in sexual intercourse

"Birds mate in the Spring"

(... is a kind of serve ) be available for stud services

"male domestic animals such as stallions serve selected females"

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The sewage plant served the neighboring communities
  • The garage served to shelter his horses

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) perform as expected when applied

"The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in" "Does this old car still run well?" "This old radio doesn't work anymore"

(serve has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) give help or assistance; be of service

"Everyone helped out during the earthquake" "Can you help me carry this table?" "She never helps around the house"

(... is a kind of serve ) serve as a personal attendant to

(... is a kind of serve ) act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools

(serve has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She served the art of music
  • He served the church
  • serve the country

(serve is a kind of ...) exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

"I will work hard to improve my grades" "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

(serve has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She served in Vietnam
  • My sons never served, because they are short-sighted

(serve is a kind of ...) be employed

"Is your husband working again?" "My wife never worked" "Do you want to work after the age of 60?" "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money" "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"

(serve has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 12: spend time in prison or in a labor camp - [verb of stative]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He did six years for embezzlement

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) use up a period of time in a specific way

"how are you spending your summer vacation?"

(... is a kind of serve ) serve as a means of entrance

"This ticket will admit one adult to the show"

Definition 13: contribute or conduce to - [verb of stative]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The scandal served to increase his popularity

(serve is a kind of ...) produce

"The scientists set up a shock wave"

(... is a kind of serve ) be of use

"This will help to prevent accidents"

(serve has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 14: promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to - [verb of stative]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Art serves commerce
  • Their interests are served
  • The lake serves recreation
  • The President's wisdom has served the country well

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) help develop, help grow

"nurture his talents"

(serve has a similar meaning as ...) contribute or conduce to

"The scandal served to increase his popularity"

Definition 15: serve a purpose, role, or function - [verb of stative]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of serve ) serve as a prelude or opening to

(... is a kind of serve ) function as or act like

"This heap of stones will act as a barrier"

(serve has a similar meaning as ...) be used by; as of a utility

"The sewage plant served the neighboring communities" "The garage served to shelter his horses"

Definition 16: be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity - [verb of stative]

Samples where serve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for serve in the sense of this definition

(serve is a kind of ...) meet the requirements or expectations of

(... is a kind of serve ) suffice for a period between two points

"This money will keep us going for another year"

(... is a kind of serve ) suffice or be adequate for a while or to a certain extent

(... is a kind of serve ) 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"

(... is a kind of serve ) prove capable or fit; meet requirements

(... is a kind of serve ) be sufficient

"There's not enough to go around"

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