Definition of SERVES

noun : SERVES

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

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

verb : SERVES

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 2. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 3. (

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

  • 4. (

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

  • 5. (

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

  • 7. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 8. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 9. (

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

  • 10. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 12. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 13. (

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

  • 14. (

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

  • 15. (

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


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