subserve

[suh b-surv]

verb (used with object), sub·served, sub·serv·ing.

to be useful or instrumental in promoting (a purpose, action, etc.): Light exercise subserves digestion.
Obsolete. to serve as a subordinate.

Nearby words

  1. subsequence,
  2. subsequent,
  3. subsere,
  4. subserous,
  5. subserous plexus,
  6. subservient,
  7. subset,
  8. subshell,
  9. subshrub,
  10. subside

Origin of subserve

1610–20; < Latin subservīre, equivalent to sub- sub- + servīre to serve

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British Dictionary definitions for subserve

subserve

verb (tr)

to be helpful or useful to
obsolete to be subordinate to

Word Origin for subserve

C17: from Latin subservīre to be subject to, from sub- + servīre to serve

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