service

1
[ sur-vis ]
/ ˈsɜr vɪs /

noun

adjective

verb (used with object), serv·iced, serv·ic·ing.

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Idioms for service

    at someone's service, ready to be of help or use to someone; at one's disposal: You will have an English-speaking guide at your service.
    be of service, to be helpful or useful: If we can be of service, do not hesitate to call.

Origin of service

1
before 1100; Middle English (noun) < Old French < Latin servitium servitude, equivalent to serv(us) slave + -itium -ice; replacing Middle English servise, late Old English serfise ceremony < Old French servise, variant of service

OTHER WORDS FROM service

un·serv·iced, adjective

Definition for service (2 of 3)

service2
[ sur-vis ]
/ ˈsɜr vɪs /

noun

a service tree, especially Sorbus domestica.
the shadbush.

Origin of service

2
1520–30; earlier serves, plural of obsolete serve service tree; Middle English; Old English syrfe < Vulgar Latin *sorbea, derivative of Latin sorbus sorb1

Definition for service (3 of 3)

Service
[ sur-vis ]
/ ˈsɜr vɪs /

noun

Robert W(illiam),1874–1958, Canadian writer, born in England.
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British Dictionary definitions for service (1 of 3)

service1
/ (ˈsɜːvɪs) /

noun

verb (tr)

See also services

Word Origin for service

C12 servise, from Old French, from Latin servitium condition of a slave, from servus a slave

British Dictionary definitions for service (2 of 3)

service2
/ (ˈsɜːvɪs) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for service (3 of 3)

Service
/ ('sɜːvɪs) /

noun

Robert (William). 1874–1958, Canadian poet, born in England; noted for his ballad-like poems of gold-rush era Yukon, such as 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew'; his books include Songs of a Sourdough (1907)
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Idioms and Phrases with service

service

see at someone's service; break someone's serve (service); lip service; of service to someone; press into service.

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