serve a purpose

Also, serve one's or the purpose. Be useful, meet the needs or requirements, satisfy, as in I don't know why they've added all this information but it probably serves a purpose, or It often serves his purpose to be vague, or We don't have a spading fork but this shovel should serve the purpose. This idiom was first recorded in 1513.


Nearby words

  1. serv.,
  2. serval,
  3. servant,
  4. servant church,
  5. serve,
  6. serve one right,
  7. serve time,
  8. serve up,
  9. served,
  10. server

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