verb (used without object), served, serv·ing.
verb (used with object), served, serv·ing.
- to make legal delivery of (a process or writ).
- to present (a person) with a writ.
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Idioms for serve
Origin of serve
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Example sentences from the Web for serve
Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves Scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.
She now serves as an Associate Professor at Colorado State University and has authored several books on autism and animal science.The Most Inspiring Bits of Temple Grandin’s Reddit AMA|Emily Shire|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has close ties with the city political establishment and serves more than 200 needy families a week through his food bank.
Wicca includes ceremony and ritual that serves the union of the divine with nature rather than embracing a personal god.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism|Dina Goldstein|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It serves as the heart of the collective works, as an interface between the cosmos and humanity.
These Rules (leaving out the Tenor) serves for five bells; and leaving out the fifth and Tenor, they serve for four bells.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
This serves the double purpose of shutting out the glances of the curious and keeping out the cold air.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
Since the two enzyms are almost invariably present or absent together, the test for rennin serves also as a test for pepsin.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
There I deal direct with the San Francisco buyers—and in this launch; it serves me very well as an office.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
He keeps the tally, and he says that never were so many altars as to-day, and the fire-carriage serves them well.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for serve
Derived forms of serveservable or serveable, adjective
Word Origin for serve
Idioms and Phrases with serve
In addition to the idioms beginning with serve
- serve a purpose
- serve one right
- serve time
- serve up
- break someone's serve
- first come, first served
- hand to on a silver platter (serve up on a plate)