- the armed forces: in the service.
- a branch of the armed forces, as the army or navy: Which service were you in during the war?
- the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play; serve.
- the ball or shuttlecock as put into play.
verb (used with object), serv·iced, serv·ic·ing.
Origin of service1
Origin of service2
Related Words for servicesduty, use, office, business, supply, assistance, work, account, benefit, maintenance, employment, utility, function, appropriateness, overhaul, advantage, dispensation, employ, value, labor
Examples from the Web for services
Contemporary Examples of services
“We met the smuggler in the train station; he came to speak with us about the services he provided,” Yazbek says.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Users “should be allowed to use these devices and services the way they were intended,” Brookman says.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
Services like Airbnb, Yelp, and yes, Uber are disrupting long-established industries, from taxis to hotels.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?
Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman
December 30, 2014
Her services include a makeup session for a night out for $50.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
After signing on to the film, Moore enlisted the services of her 30 Rock costar Alec Baldwin to play her caring husband.Julianne Moore Is Oscar Gold in ‘Still Alice’
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of services
In the midst of this generosity, the services of Geta and Milza were not forgotten.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I can bear witness to the value of her services in South Carolina and Florida.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
I can only say that if my services are required I shall be found ready and willing.Explorations in Australia
In the afternoon, services were held in the chapel downstairs.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The services of the priest had then to be dispensed with for weeks, even months, at a time.The Roof of France
- one of the branches of the armed forces
- (as modifier)service life
- the act, manner, or right of serving a ball
- the game in which a particular player serveshe has lost his service Often shortened to: serve
Word Origin for service
c.1100, "celebration of public worship," from Old French servise "act of homage; servitude; service at table; Mass, church ceremony," from Latin servitium "slavery, condition of a slave, servitude," also "slaves collectively," from servus "slave" (see serve (v.)).
Meaning "act of serving, occupation of an attendant servant" is attested from c.1200, as is that of "assistance, help; a helpful act." From c.1300 as "provision of food; sequence of dishes served in a meal;" from late 14c. as "service at table, attendance during a meal." Meaning "the furniture of the table" (tea service, etc.) is from mid-15c.
Meanings "state of being bound to undertake tasks for someone or at someone's direction; labor performed or undertaken for another" are mid-13c. Sense of "service or employment in a court or administration" is from c.1300, as is that of "military service (especially by a knight); employment as a soldier;" hence "the military as an occupation" (1706).
Also in Middle English "sexual intercourse, conjugal relations" (mid-15c.; service of Venus, or flesh's service). Service industry (as distinct from production) attested from 1938. A service station originally was a gas stop that also repaired cars.
1893, "to provide with service," from service (n.1). Meaning "perform work on" first recorded 1926. Related: Serviced; servicing.
type of tree or berry, extended form of serve (perhaps via Middle English plural serves being taken as a singular), from Old English syrfe, Old French sorbe, both from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus (see sorb).
Work done for others as an occupation or business. (Compare goods.)
see at someone's service; break someone's serve (service); lip service; of service to someone; press into service.