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subserve

[suh b-surv] /səbˈsɜrv/
verb (used with object), subserved, subserving.
1.
to be useful or instrumental in promoting (a purpose, action, etc.):
Light exercise subserves digestion.
2.
Obsolete. to serve as a subordinate.
Origin of subserve
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin subservīre, equivalent to sub- sub- + servīre to serve
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  • There were higher crimes they might attain to, and grander interests they might subserve.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Such records may, in various ways, subserve the cause of emancipation.

  • The former includes all structure that is adapted to subserve some function.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • But I'm willing you should use my name, darling, to subserve your timidity.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • Let it be shown that barbarism ought not to subserve civilization.

  • It is just that barbarism should subserve civilization; that Wrong should subserve Right.

  • I answer, that it is right that barbarism should subserve civilization.

  • Everything was done to subserve the faith and suppress heresy.

    Colleges in America John Marshall Barker
  • We differ from them in that we have no material ends to subserve.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • You could make chemistry, for instance, subserve the needs of commerce, couldn't you?

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for subserve

subserve

/səbˈsɜːv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to be helpful or useful to
2.
(obsolete) to be subordinate to
Word Origin
C17: from Latin subservīre to be subject to, from sub- + servīre to serve
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