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serve

[ surv ]
/ sɜrv /
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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.

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Idioms for serve

    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

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British Dictionary definitions for serve

serve
/ (sɜːv) /

verb

noun

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

Derived forms of serve

servable or serveable, adjective

Word Origin for serve

C13: from Old French servir, from Latin servīre, from servus a slave
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