subserve

[ suh b-surv ]
/ səbˈsɜrv /

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.

Origin of subserve

1610–20; < Latin subservīre, equivalent to sub- sub- + servīre to serve
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subserve
/ (səbˈsɜːv) /

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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