serve

[ surv ]
/ sɜrv /

verb (used without object), served, serv·ing.

verb (used with object), served, serv·ing.

noun

the act, manner, or right of serving, as in tennis.

Idioms

    serve one right, to treat one as one deserves, especially to punish justly: It will serve you right if she never speaks to you again.

Origin of serve

1125–75; Middle English serven < Old French servir < Latin servīre, equivalent to serv(us) slave (cf. serf) + -īre infinitive suffix

SYNONYMS FOR serve

1, 2 attend.

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for over-serve

serve

/ (sɜːv) /

verb

noun

sport short for service 1 (def. 17)
Australian a portion or helping of food or drink

Derived Forms

servable or serveable, adjective

Word Origin for serve

C13: from Old French servir, from Latin servīre, from servus a slave
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Idioms and Phrases with over-serve

serve


In addition to the idioms beginning with serve

  • serve a purpose
  • serve one right
  • serve time
  • serve up

also see:

  • break someone's serve
  • first come, first served
  • hand to on a silver platter (serve up on a plate)
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