service

1
[ sur-vis ]
/ ˈsɜr vɪs /

noun

adjective

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


Nearby words

  1. servetian,
  2. servetus,
  3. servetus, michael,
  4. servia,
  5. servian,
  6. service ace,
  7. service area,
  8. service book,
  9. service break,
  10. service cap

Idioms

    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

Related formsun·serv·iced, adjective

service

2
[ 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

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for services


British Dictionary definitions for services

services

/ (ˈsɜːvɪsɪz) /

pl n

work performed for remuneration
the services the armed forces
(sometimes singular) economics commodities, such as banking, that are mainly intangible and usually consumed concurrently with their productionCompare goods (def. 2)
a system of providing the public with gas, water, etc

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)

service

1
/ (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

service

2
/ (ˈsɜːvɪs) /

noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for services
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for services

services

Work done for others as an occupation or business. (Compare goods.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with services

service

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

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.