to be useful or instrumental in promoting (a purpose, action, etc.): Light exercise subserves digestion.
Obsolete. to serve as a subordinate.
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How to use subserve in a sentence
If it wasn't because I wish to observe and subserve to the law of the land, I would have killed him long ago.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
To those ignorant of letters an inscription would but ill subserve this purpose.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
Let it be shown that barbarism ought not to subserve civilization.
It is just that barbarism should subserve civilization; that Wrong should subserve Right.
I answer, that it is right that barbarism should subserve civilization.
British Dictionary definitions for subserve
to be helpful or useful to
obsolete to be subordinate to
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